According to a recent study released by Sportico, here the 10-highest paid athletes of all time. The leader of this special list is the fortmer American basketball star Michael Jordan at the top followed by Tiger Woods and Arnold Palmer.
Fifth Cristiano Ronaldo; ahead of the Swiss Maestro Roger Federer also LeBron James, Lionel Messi and Michael Shumacher. By narrowing the court to the world of tennis, Roger is definitely the first. Although he does not have a higher cash prize than Novak Djokovic (example) when it comes to official tournaments, the Swiss has outdone all rivals.
Rafael Nadal is around the 25th position in the ranking, while Serena Williams is the highest paid female athlete with 480 million (40th overall). Federer manages to be ahead of stars such as David Beckham, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O'Neal, Mike Tyson, Kevin Durant and Lewis Hamilton, just to name a few.
Michael Jordan played for three years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he led the team to victory in the NCAA National Championship in 1982. He was then chosen third in the 1984 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls and quickly became one of the stars of the league, helping to spread the NBA worldwide in the 1980s and 1990s.
In 1991 he won his first NBA title with the Bulls, then repeated with two more successes in 1992 and 1993, winning a three-peat, after which he retired to pursue a career in baseball. He returned to the Bulls in 1995 and led them to another three-peat victory (1996, 1997 and 1998).
He retired a second time in 1999, then returned as a member of the Washington Wizards from 2001 to 2003, and then retired for good. Individual honors include six Finals MVPs, ten Top Scorer titles (both records), five Regular Season MVPs, ten All-NBA First Team and nine All-Defensive First Team selections, fourteen NBA appearances All-Star Game, three All-Star Game MVPs and an NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award.
He holds NBA records for the highest point average in regular season history (30.12 points per game) and in playoff history (33.45 points per game). He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame twice: in 2009 for his individual career and in 2010 as a member of the Dream Team.
He became a member of the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2015. On November 22, 2016, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States, by US President Barack Obama.
Shaquille O'Neal to his six heirs: "I'll leave you the money only if..."
The former NBA star sends a message to her six heirs. Shaquille O'Neal has made it clear to her six children that if they want her inheritance they will need to be able to show him they can handle it on their own. Over the course of the podcast Earn Your Leisure he said: "My children? They have to learn what commitment is and make their way into the world of work with their own legs.
They are a little angry with me, they don't understand me. I always repeat: we are not rich, I am rich. My children know that this is the only rule: that they study. I don't care if they play basketball. They have to get a degree or a high school diploma or if they want me to invest in one of theirs business, they will have to present it to me, they will have to sell it to me.
This is something that I have made clear, I will not give them any money just because they are my children. " Shaquille earned over $ 286 million in 19 NBA seasons, and currently has a net worth of over $ 400 million. Born and raised in a poor neighborhood in New Jersey, he made it all the way to the NBA thanks to his daily hard work.