LeBron James is Inches Away From Joining Ronaldo, Messi, Woods and Mayweather in Billion Dollar Club

Published 02/12/2021, 10:37 PM EST
Jan 25, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) celebrates in the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers’ superstar, LeBron James, has proved his mettle not only as an athlete but also as a businessman. In his 18-year career, he has earned several millions from his NBA salary, multiple investments, and endorsements.

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And now, he is about to achieve new levels of success by joining an elite club with his earnings.

LeBron James joins Messi, Woods, Mayweather

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The NBA season just began last month and just two weeks into it, the Coronavirus jeopardized their schedule. Many games have been postponed, and some teams have played with their rosters thinned out.

This is exactly what players were afraid of because of which they showed resistance to play this year.

However, the amount that these players will pocket is the biggest incentive for them to turn up. In fact, NBA salaries have only seen a hike, and Bron is definitely one of the top-most earning players in the league.

Just weeks before the 2020-21 campaign commenced, he signed a two-year contract extension with the Lakers worth $85 million.

And now, he is about to reach the $1 billion ballpark in earnings this year, as per Forbes. His projected earnings are turning up to be $95.4 million this season, and $31.4 million will come only from his on-court earnings as a Laker with $64 million coming from just media, endorsements, and memorabilia.

In fact, he is about to be the fifth active athlete to achieve this feat behind Tiger Woods, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Floyd Mayweather.

Jan 28, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) goes up for a shot against Detroit Pistons center Mason Plumlee (24) during the first quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

A dream come true for the legend

Back in 2014, LeBron had shown ambition to become a billionaire in an interview with GQ’s Jeanne Marie.

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“It’s my biggest milestone,” James said. “Obviously. I want to maximize my business. And if I happen to get it, if I happen to be a billion-dollar athlete, ho. Hip hip hooray! Oh, my God, I’m gonna be excited.”

Jan 30, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) comes from behind Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) to steal the ball during the third quarter at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

This is turning into his reality. Well, it isn’t surprising that the King is becoming a part of the billion-dollar club. The four-time MVP has earned his respect and deserves every penny he receives. One of the wealthiest athletes in the world, it doesn’t seem like Bron will stop even when his career comes to a close.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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