‘Insane’ Kevin Durant and Other NBA Stars React to Soccer Superstar Lionel Messi’s Humungous Contract

Published 07/01/2021, 9:24 AM EDT
May 6, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) warms up before the game against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports


The NBA is a league full of superstar talents all across the board. From LeBron James to Kevin Durant, the teams rely on their most talented players to lead them across to a championship.

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Given how important these players are to their teams and the league salaries have skyrocketed rather rapidly lately. With players signing ginormous contracts, NBA superstars are often the biggest stories in the papers.

But recently it wasn’t an NBA superstar who broke the internet rather it was soccer superstar Lionel Messi. The Argentine maestro who plays for FC Barcelona, recently became a free agent after his four-year contract with the club expired.

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This four-year contract was worth a whooping $674 million, accounting for $188 million per year. Messi’s contract is by far the biggest ever in sports history and also goes onto show how big of a superstar the Argentine is and how big of a leeway, arguably the GOAT has on a soccer giant like the FC Barcelona.

Kevin Durant and NBA’s biggest stars react to Lionel Messi becoming a Free Agent

NBA superstars were pretty shocked to say the least with the latest details on Messi’s Contract. Superstars like Durant, Bradley Beal where is utter disbelief with the numbers at play and it was evident from the reactions in twitter.

Given how high the football superstar’s salary is, it is understandable why many of these NBA superstars are in utter shock. A sum of $188 million per year is more than one and a half times of the league’s entire salary cap, which is worth $109 million.

Comparing Messi’s contract with the biggest NBA stars

Over the years, the NBA has seen a massive increase in its popularity. With the rise of its immense popularity and the increase in the number of superstars in the league, the salaries in the league are also increasing pretty rapidly.

The biggest contract right now signed is by Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo who recently signed a 5-year contract worth a whooping $228 million. Two former MVPs in Russell Westbrook and Steph Curry also have contracts worth more than $200 million.

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Jun 19, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) drives past Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) for a layup in the first quarter during game seven in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

Earning $206 million and $201 million, respectively, Westbrook and Curry are still one of the best in the game. The shocker in the list though is 3-time DPOY Rudy Gobert who recently signed a 5-year contract worth $205 million.

Given how accessible the game has become, the rising popularity of the league, expect the salaries to rise significantly in the next few years.

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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