How Lionel Messi Has Earned Michael Jordan More Money Than What He Made in 13 Years in the NBA

Published 08/21/2021, 1:30 PM EDT
PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 12: In this handout image provided by Jordan Brand, Michael Jordan paid a visit to Palais 23 this afternoon on Friday June 12, Joined by his frequent partners-in-design Tinker Hatfield and Mark Smith, key figures in the 30-year evolution of the Air Jordan, Jordan has returned to Paris to mark the 30th anniversary of 1985’s Air Jordan One. Palais 23 is a spectacular tribute to the shoes, moments, designs and artifacts that have shaped the 30-year evolution of the Air Jordan. (Photo by Jordan Brand via Getty Images)


Lionel Messi left football fans in tears as he announced his recent departure from F.C. Barcelona after 21 long years. The world’s favorite football icon has transferred to Paris Saint-Germain and in turn, the French club has seen a sudden boost in its bank account. Amidst Messi’s move to PSG, NBA legend Michael Jordan has already earned a lump sum of $7 million.

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Lionel Messi has ramped up the sales of the PSG club in a week in stunning figures. He also altered his jersey number from No. 10 to No. 30, which has led to fans standing in long queues outside merchandise stores. His No. 30 jerseys have already brought in $140 million to PSG with a whopping sale column.

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Michael Jordan and Nike’s Air Jordan are minting money on No.30 Messi jerseys

PSG’s shirts are manufactured by Nike but sold under their famous sub-section, Air Jordan, MJ‘s. Given that the brand earns a 5% cut of shirt sales, the Chicago Bulls star has made $7 million from these figures in the past week.

According to statistics, that’s more than he made in 13 of his 15 NBA seasons. In none of his seasons before 1996 did the Bulls superstar surpass the $4 million mark in earnings. It was only during the 1996 and 1997 seasons did MJ earn in mind-boggling numbers, making over $30 million in the last two years.

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The Air Jordan-PSG deal of 2018

Back in 2018, the Air Jordan logo appeared on the PSG kit for the first time, replacing the Nike logo. It was right after PSG signed a four-year deal with Michael Jordan’s marque. Well, two all-time greats, Lionel Messi and Michael Jordan, are minting huge sums together.

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All that’s left is for Messi to take to the field wearing his No.30 jersey, and MJ’s brand will only see more on their plate.

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Pavni Ahuja

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Pavni Ahuja is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Housing a keen interest in sports journalism, she is pursuing an undergraduate Journalism degree from Christ University. Pavni is an ardent fan of the NBA, with prior district-level playing experience in basketball.

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