Former US basketball player Mike Jordan has been named the highest-paid athlete in history by Sportico. The amount of his earnings was $ 2.62 billion.
The second place on this list was taken by golfer Tiger Woods. He earned 2.1 billion. Another representative of golf closed the top three – Arnold Palmer, whose income was 1.5 billion.
Top football stars of recent years Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are in fifth and eighth positions, respectively. The Portuguese earned $ 1.24 billion, the Argentinean – $ 1.14 billion.
The entire Top 10 rating is as follows:
- Michael Jordan (basketball)
- Tiger Woods (golf)
- Arnold Palmer (golf)
- Jack Nicklaus (golf)
- Cristiano Ronaldo (football)
- Floyd Mayweather (boxing)
- LeBron James (basketball)
- Lionel Messi (football)
- Michael Schumacher (auto racing)
- Roger Federer (tennis)
Michael Jordan is a 6-time NBA champion, he was the highest-scoring player in the regular season of the tournament in 1987-1993 and in 1996-1998. Jordan, who played as an attacking quarterback, was named to the NBA All-Star National Team 11 times. In the NBA, he played for the Chicago Bulls (1984-1993, 1995-1998) and the Washington Wizards (2001-2003).
Jordan is also a two-time Olympic champion (1984, 1992) with the US team. In April 2003, he ended his playing career at the age of 40.