How Super Bowl 55 star Patrick Mahomes’ huge 10-year contract compares to Barcelona legend Lionel Messi but Kansas City Chiefs hero is ‘chasing more than money’

Patrick Mahomes is the poster boy of the NFL right now hoping to win a second straight Super Bowl with the Kansas City Chiefs.
His Chiefs come up against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday at Super Bowl 55 led by the greatest player in the sport’s history – Tom Brady.
Patrick Mahomes can win his second Super Bowl this weekend having starred in the 2020 triumphGetty Images – Getty
Only one person has won two Super Bowls in their first three seasons as an NFL starter… that was Tom Brady with the New England Patriots.
Mahomes, 25, is unquestionably the best player in the NFL right now. He is already an MVP and Super Bowl MVP with a mere three seasons under his belt.
His physical skills and mental attributes are unrivalled by any other player in the league right now. 
Mahomes is undoubtedly on the path to greatness and the Chiefs wanted to lock him in to the organisation for as long as possible.
The details of Lionel Messi’s contract were published last monthGetty Images – Getty
Last summer, he signed a blockbuster 10-year, £329million ($503m) contract in what was the second sports contract ever handed out.
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi is the only player known to have been given more money as part of a deal.
The details of which have been made public last month and sees him make £492million over four years.
Messi earns around £123million per year compared to Mahomes’ £32.9million on average.
Mahomes’ contract unlike any other seen in history of the sport. The huge contracts are normally left to baseball, where 10 plus year deals are common place.
The NFL is a violent sport where almost every player suffers some kind of injury during their career. 
Patrick Mahomes signed a contract until 2031 with the ChiefsGetty Images – Getty
The average lifespan of an NFL player is a little under two years.
Mahomes himself has already dislocated his knee cap and a few weeks ago suffered a nasty hit that knocked him out of the game.
The Chiefs want to build a dynasty around him, though, and that contract reflects their belief in him.
NFL hall of famer Morten Andersen, who spent 25 years in the league as a kicker with the New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons, New York Giants, Kansas City Chiefs and Minnesota Vikings, thinks there is more than money on Mahomes’ mind.
Morten Andersen was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 2017Bonus Code Bets
Speaking to talkSPORT on behalf of BonusCodeBets.co.uk, Andersen said: “I think it’s much more than that. I think what Patrick Mahomes is after is legacy stuff. Of course, the money is beautiful but I think he wants to cement himself as one of the elite quarterbacks in the history of the game.
“He’s doing it in such a way as almost playful and playground stuff because you can defend the scheme and plays you see on film when you play the Chiefs.
“What you cannot defend is this innate ability of Patrick Mahomes to say ‘I’m going to run outside the pocket now and there’s nothing you can do about it’.
“We know from history the teams that have had success against the Chiefs, and there haven’t been many, have been able to keep him in the pocket.
“With all the weapons he has and ability with the run pass option and it becomes such a lethal weapon when you can’t contain him.
“The yards after the catch is another thing the Chiefs do amazingly, look at (Travis) Kelce and (Tyreek) Hill, they catch the ball but they don’t go down.
“They turn an average play to an exceptional play with their feet, there lies the danger of the Chiefs.”

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