Overtaking Tyreek Hill’s $120 Million Payout, “Highest Paid Athlete in The US” Puts Cheetah on Beta

Published 07/16/2023, 12:53 PM EDT

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Lionel Messi, the world-class soccer player, has officially joined Inter Miami CF, the MLS club co-owned by David Beckham. With an impressive record of seven Ballon d’Or awards, the most prestigious individual honor in soccer, and over 700 goals for club and country, Messi’s arrival in Miami has been eagerly anticipated.

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Yet, with Messi’s arrival in Miami, the spotlight may shift. As the city embraces the arrival of a soccer icon like Messi, the attention on another star athlete, Tyreek Hill, might diminish. With Messi’s arrival potentially placing him in a ‘beta mode,’ but how?

Alpha Messi, Beta Hill?

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Messi’s recent signing with Inter Miami CF has solidified his position as the highest-paid player in the history of the league, with a two-and-a-half-year deal worth up to $60 million per season in wages. This lucrative contract brings the total value of his agreement to an impressive $125 million to $150 million in cash alone. Given Messi’s arrival, it raises the question of how this impacts the status of Hill.

A Tweet by Joe Pompliano says: Lionel Messi will make $50 million to $60 million annually at Inter Miami. That includes salary, signing bonus & equity in the team — but it doesn’t include revenue-sharing deals with Apple, Adidas & Fanatics. Still, Messi is now the highestpaid US athlete.”

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In March 2022, Tyreek Hill made headlines when he was traded from the Kansas City Chiefs to the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins showed their commitment to Hill by offering him a substantial $120 million paycheck, solidifying his financial standing. Hill subsequently signed a four-year contract extension with the Dolphins, which included an impressive $72.2 million guaranteed.

This clearly demonstrates who currently holds the biggest deal in Miami City. However, does this success translate to their performance on the field as well?

Miami shines with two gems

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Tyreek Hill and Lionel Messi are two of the most electrifying athletes in the world, but they have very different stories. Hill is a speedster who has dominated the NFL with his explosive plays and helped the Chiefs win three Super Bowls in five years. He is a three-time All-Pro, a six-time Pro Bowler, and a key part of the Chiefs’ historic comeback in Super Bowl LIV in 2020.

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Meanwhile, after four previous attempts, Messi finally achieved his dream of winning the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, in 2022. However, the Soccer star left his home of 21 years, Barcelona, due to financial and contractual issues. He joined Paris Saint-Germain, where he teamed up with Neymar Jr and Kylian Mbappé to form a fearsome trio.

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Messi won three trophies in his first two seasons with PSG, including the French league, and cemented his status as one of the greatest soccer players of all time. Both Hill and Messi are examples of how talent, hard work, and passion can lead to greatness in sports.

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Mohammad Asif Ansari is an NFL writer at EssentiallySports, with a passion for bringing sports news to life through engaging content. As an ardent sports fan, Ansari likes to cover core sports angles. His latest article, “Dallas Cowboys Reportedly Making It Difficult for Aaron Rodgers to Pursue His Dream Team” got a hoard of interested sports readers.
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