Sport Kerr's pay-day still a way to go for equal pay
Matildas set to receive equal pay in historic deal
The Matildas are reportedly set to be the first women's football team in the world to receive equal pay as their male counterparts.According to the Daily Telegraph, terms have been agreed to between the Professional Footballers Association and Football Federation Australia, with the deal to be backdated to July 1 and made official by the end of this week.
Australian football icon Sam Kerr has officially signed with English heavyweights Chelsea.
It's a landmark move for the 26-year-old who emphatically ended weeks of speculation by inking the two-and-a-half-year deal with the FA Women's Super League outfit.
In joining a league which recently secured a groundbreaking STG10 million ($A19 million) three-year sponsorship deal with Barclays, Kerr will play with and against some of the best players in the world game week in week out.
Matildas star Kerr drops massive hint about her next move
Sam Kerr confirmed she is moving to Europe and will announce her next club within the week, hinting of a possible move to England.The 26-year-old says she will finalise her decision within a week and, according to sources close to the player, is weighing up hefty contract offers from European champions Lyon and current English league leaders Chelsea as revealed by the Sydney Morning Herald.
But it's her contract that is attracting the most attention.
Believed to be worth around $2 million, the staggering amount, in conjunction with her $1 million endorsement with Nike signed earlier this year, will see Kerr become one of the highest paid female footballers in the world.
While that massive pay-day will climb the goal-scoring machine up Australia's list of highest-paid athletes, amazingly it still won't be enough to crack her into the top 30 of the nation's highest sports earners.
F1 favourite Daniel Ricciardo currently tops that list, who himself is set to be deposed by Ben Simmons when his max contract with the Philadelphia 76ers comes into effect next NBA season.
Here's a breakdown of Australia's highest paid Athletes:
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1. Daniel Ricciardo, Formula 1, $29.1M - The Perth born Formula 1 favourite tops Australia's list of highest paid athletes after signing a $50 million, two-year contract with Renault Racing at the end of 2018. While he hasn't necessarily been able to find consistent success since the move, a stronger back end of the season has seen the 30-year-old claw his way back up the 2019 standings.
2. Joe Ingles, Basketball, $19M - The Utah Jazz sharp-shooter finds himself in number two having recently just signed a $20M one-year extension taking his five year deal at the NBA franchise to around $19M a season. Not bad, 'Slo-Mo Joe'.
3. Patty Mills, Basketball, $16.7M - The 30-year-old Aussie point guard signed a four-year, $71.93 million contract with NBA powerhouse the San Antonio Spurs in 2017. Since then the play-maker has become one of the Spurs' longest tenured players and made history for the franchise with more than 120 three-pointers in five seasons.
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4. Jason Day, Golf, $15.7M - Despite battling incessant back issues, a solid year on the USPGA Tour sees Jason Day in at fourth. His biggest money-maker has been a series of endorsements, including a lucrative clothing and footwear deal with Nike.
5. Ben Simmons, Basketball, $15.1 - While the basketball prodigy finds himself sitting in fifth on the list of Aussie earners, he won't be there for long. Having recently inked a $242M max-contract with the Phildalphia 76ers that is to come of effect next season, Simmons will rake in a cool $48M a year. To put that into perspective the highest paid AFL and NRL player would have to play more than 180 years to match Simmons. And, with his new contract, he could bankroll the salaries of every player in the NRL for more than a year.
6. Ash Barty, Tennis, $15M - Leading Australia's women is tennis sensation Ash Barty who capped off her first grand slam title at Rolan Garros by finishing the year ranked world No.1. Not only that, she recently took home a cool $6M for her claiming the WTA Finals in China.
7. Matthew Dellavedova, Basketball, $14.8M - The Australian NBA star has become somewhat of a favourite in the US. Having won the 2016 championship alongside LeBron James at Cleveland, Dellavedova was quickly snapped up by Milwaukee in a four-year $56M.
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The Matildas' recent equal pay deal could prompt a global 'movement' supporting women's sport and its athletes.Last week it was confirmed that as part of a new four-year Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiated by Football Federation Australia and the Professional Footballers Association, the women's team will share 24 per cent of "an agreed aggregate" of both Matildas and Socceroos-generated revenue, increasing by 1 percent each year of the deal.
8. Dante Exum, Basketball, $14.1m - Melbourne born Exum held so much promise when he was selected fifth in the 2014 NBA draft. Unfortunately a string of persistent injuries has tempered the star's potential but that hasnt stopped him from showing out on the court when healthy and securing a lucrative deal alongside fellow Aussie Ingles at the Jazz.
9. Adam Scott, Golf, $8.4m - Ranked the world's best golfer in 2014 and with 29 professional tournaments to his, name Adam Scott finds himself in ninth on the list. He became the first Australian to win the US Masters Tournament in 2013, but his biggest payday this year was a second at the Memorial Tournament in June, which earned him more than $1 million.
10. Aron Baynes, Basketball, $7.5m - Despite having recently been bounced around the league, Aron Bayne's is no pushover. Commanding respect with his physicality and dominance in the pain, Baynes has made a name for himself in the NBA and is a integral part of the Boomers squad. Now playing at the Phoenix Suns having been traded by the Celtics, Baynes rounds out the list of top 10 Aussie sports earners.
30. Steph Gilmore, surfing, $2.1 - Steph Gilmore has become a mainstay on the World Surf League. She heralded the announcement from the league when they announced equal prize money for male and female competitors. While having proved herself on the water, the bulk of her earnings have come by way of lucrative endorsements.
*All figures are approximations and consider endorsements
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