Always eager for records and performances of all kinds at 36 years old, LeBron James cannot for the moment go looking for them on the NBA floors. That shouldn’t stop him emulating Cristiano Ronaldo, Leo Messi, Floyd Mayweather and Tiger Woods anytime soon.
Given his already full track record, and the relatively short time he has left before retirement, the goals he wants and can still achieve are rare. Hungry despite everything, Lebron james will undoubtedly seek to increase his number of rings, or to overtake Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the ranking of the best career scorers in the NBA.
At present, however, he must wait before achieving such feats. Therefore, being unable to achieve records on the floors, the King does it outside. It would thus be very close to joining an ultra-posh cast in the history of sport … from a financial point of view, according to Kurt Badenhausen of Forbes.
LeBron James is placed as the NBA player with the most earnings for the 7th consecutive year, non-contract money included (2016-17 is the only season of his career in which James had the biggest salary in the league). It is expected to receive $ 95.4 million, of which around $ 64 million comes from sponsorship, memorabilia and the media. This is a record figure for an NBA player and a US team sport.
This historic year will establish his career income at $ 1 billion, including $ 700 million obtained through a means other than his NBA contracts. He will thus join in the history Tiger Woods, Floyd Mayweather, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as active sportsmen having been able to integrate the « club of the three commas ».
As comfortable on the ground as in his investments, LeBron will soon be able to consider himself a billionaire. A new status which should cause immense joy in him, according to one of his old interviews granted to Jeanne Marie Laskas of GQ in 2014.
This is my biggest goal. Obviously, I’m looking to maximize my business. And if I get there, if I become a billionaire sportsman… Oh. Hip hip hip, hurray! Oh my God, I’m gonna be like crazy.
According to the sharp estimates of Forbes, the scene of frenzy of Chosen One should not be long in intervening.
A fine businessman, LeBron James is preparing to join the elite of sports businessmen. This will allow him to tick one of the most important boxes on his list of goals for him.