The wealth of a sports superstar is more than Ronaldo and Messi combined

Cristiano Ronaldo has the highest income in football, followed by Lionel Messi, but the two combined are not equal to an American basketball superstar.

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Michael Jordan are three of the most famous sports athletes on the planet.

But there is only 1 winner when it comes to their net worth. The net worth of American NBA basketball legend Michael Jordan is too great. It makes even football superstars like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi open.

Three sports legends Lionel Messi, Michael Jordan and Cristiano Ronaldo. PHOTO: DAILY STAR

Jordan, 58, is recognized as one of the greatest basketball superstars of all time. He enjoyed great success with the Chicago Bulls in the 1980s and 1990s, winning 6 NBA championships and being named MVP 6 times (Basketball Player of the Year).

On the other hand, Ronaldo and Messi have shared the title of the best player in the world for nearly two decades. Both football superstars are regularly honored as the best players of all time, with Messi winning six world golden balls, and Ronaldo having five.

The Daily Star (UK) based on data from Forbes has assessed the entire income of the sports careers of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Michael Jordan.

1- Cristiano Ronaldo

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Ronaldo is playing for Manchester United. PHOTO:

Ronaldo ranks third on Forbes’ list of the world’s highest-paid athletes in 2021, earning £88m last year.

That figure is calculated from a salary of £51 million and another £37 million from a lifetime contract with Nike, as well as partnerships with Gerbalife, Tag Heuer and Clear Haircare.

Forbes also included Ronaldo in the list of overall earnings for the period 2010 -2019 with second place behind the lone boxer who defeated Floyd Mayweather Jr, who has an income of nearly £590 million.

Although it is impossible to know the exact net worth of Ronaldo, it is estimated that Ronaldo’s income from salary and advertising as well as his business is around £ 363 million.

2- Michael Jordan

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Jordan makes a lot of money from partnering with Nike. PHOTO: GETTY

There are not many former sports athletes with a net worth of billions of dollars, but Jordan is not an ordinary person. Throughout his career, the NBA legend has made his business extraordinary, creating a new twist both on and off the basketball court.

During his time at the top of the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards, Jordan earned just £66 million, a negligible amount when compared to the value of his company. According to Fobes, Jordan has made a whopping £1.32 billion from partnerships with brands such as Nike, Hanes and Gatorade.

But it is Nike that has brought Jordan the highest income with him pocketing 1 billion pounds from 1984 to the present. Overall, Jordan’s net worth is currently under £1.2 billion.

3- Lionel Messi

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Messi is one of the highest earning players in football. PHOTO: GETTY

Messi ranked second in the list of the highest paid athletes in 2021 by Fobes, putting the Argentine superstar one place above Ronaldo when Messi pocketed 95.5 million pounds in the first four months of this year.

That figure is divided into £71m in wages during Messi’s final season with Barcelona and another £24m.

Messi left Barcelona to join PSG this summer. He has a boutique to his name in Barcelona and boasts his own clothing line, as well as a lifetime commercial deal with Adidas.

It is estimated that Messi’s net worth is around £309 million and this number will continue to grow when Messi receives a salary of £ 30 million per season at PSG.

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The combined assets of Ronaldo and Messi are not equal to Jordan. PHOTO: GETTY

From those estimates, Messi and Ronaldo have a combined net worth of £672 million, which is a very respectable number. However, it is completely dwarfed by Jordan’s £1.2 billion net worth.

Even if the fortunes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo combined, they still need about 500 million pounds more to “catch up” with Michael Jordan. That gap is likely to widen once Ronaldo and Messi retire, unless they figure out how to make more money in the future.


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