Meet the world’s richest sportsman who has a net worth of Rs 24863 crore; it’s not Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo or Tiger Woods

He is also the first professional athlete to rank among America’s wealthiest individuals.


With playing salaries and signing bonuses, endorsements, appearances and multiple business ventures, it’s no surprise that the world’s richest sportsman has a net worth of $3 billion (Rs 2,48,63 crore).


Despite the fandom over various sports leagues — the FIFA World Cup, Cricket World Cup, Formula 1 or FIBA Basketball World Cup — it’s still difficult to imagine a professional sportsman entering the billionaires club.


Given football (or soccer, depending on the part of the world you’re in) being deemed the most popular sport in the world, you would expect the world’s richest sportsman to be a football player. However, the current state of the world’s richest footballers — Lionel Messi with a net worth of approximately $650 million (Rs 5387 crore), according to CelebrityNetWorth, Cristiano Ronaldo, at $600 million (Rs 4972 crore) and Neymar with $200 million (1657 crore) don’t hold the title.



It isn’t even basketball legend LeBron James, with a net worth of $600 million (Rs 4972 crore) and golfing champion Tiger Woods, at $800 million (Rs 6630 crore). Here’s who it really is.



The world’s richest sportsman is none other than Michael Jordan. The former Chicago Bulls player, who dominated the basketball courts for over 15 NBA seasons, has amassed a net worth of $3 billion (Rs 2,48,63 crore), earning him a spot on “The Forbes 400”. With this, the 60-year-old became the first professional athlete to rank among America’s wealthiest individuals, according to Forbes.



Jordan became the first billionaire player in NBA history in 2014, and two years later, former US President Barack Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Before this, he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.


Gideon Canice

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