Cristiano Ronaldo Missing in Top 10, Lionel Messi 8th As Top 30 Richest Athletes of Year 2022 Are Ranked

Cristiano Ronaldo Missing in Top 10, Lionel Messi 8th As Top 30 Richest Athletes of Year 2022 Are Ranked

Babajide Orevba
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:57 PM
  • Michael Jordan who owns a net worth of $2.2billion is said to be the richest athlete in the world right now
  • Data via Wealthy Gorilla claims the 59-year-old is richer than WWE’s tycoon Vince McMahon and football sensation Lionel Messi
  • Surprisingly out of the top-10 is Portugal and Manchester United legend Cristiano Ronaldo who is said to have a net worth of $500

Basketball legend Michael Jordan has emerged as the richest athlete in the world according to a new ranking by Wealthy Gorilla.

According to the data received, the 59-year-old is the richest sportsman in the year 2020 ahead of WWE’s tycoon Vince McMahon and Argentine superstar Lionel Messi.

Jordan remains an icon of basketball following his legendary exploits in the NBA as he etched his names in the history books as regards achieved before retiring.

Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan named the richest athlete with $2.2bn. Photo: Tim Nwachukwu
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Jordan won the NBA six times with Chicago Bulls during his career and then bagged the NBA MVP awards five times in 15 NBA seasons.

The latest compilation from Forbes and Celebrity Net Worth which determines the top 30 richest athletes show that Jordan is the richest with an eye-watering net worth of $2.2bn.

Below are the 30 richest athletes in the world in 2022, according to Wealthy Gorilla via SPORTbible:

30. Kimi Raikkonen (racing driver): $250m

29. Grant Hill (basketball): $250m

28. Gary Player (golf): $250m

27. Fernando Alonso (racing driver): $265m

26. Lewis Hamilton (racing driver): $285m

25. George Foreman (boxing): $300m

24. Dale Earnhardt Jr (racing driver): $300m

23. Alex Rodriguez (baseball): $350m

22. Vinnie Johnson (basketball): $400m

21. Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson (wrestling): $400m

20. Shaquille O'Neal (basketball): $400m

19. Phil Mickelson (golf): $400m

18. Jack Nicklaus (golf): $400m

17. Greg Norman (golf): $400m

16. Roger Federer (tennis): $450m

15. Floyd Mayweather (boxing): $450m

14. David Beckham (football): $450m

13. LeBron James (basketball): $500m

12. Cristiano Ronaldo (football): $500m

11. Roger Staubach (American football): $600m

10. Michael Schumacher (racing driver): $600m

9. Magic Johnson (basketball): $600m

8. Lionel Messi (football): $600m

7. Junior Bridgeman (basketball): $600m

6. Eddie Jordan (racing driver): $600m

5. Tiger Woods (golf): $800m

4. Anna Kasprzak (dressage rider): $1bn

3. Ion Tiriac (tennis and ice hockey): $1.2bn

2. Vince McMahon (wrestling): $1.6bn

1. Michael Jordan (basketball): $2.2bn

Georgina Rodriguez insists she has millions in the bank

Sports Brief earlier reported that Cristiano Ronaldo’s girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez has insisted that she does not live off her lover’s money, claiming she has 'many millions' in the bank.

The beautiful model admitted that dating the Portuguese superstar opens her to several benefits, but maintained that she made her own money herself.

Georgina hit back at her critics in the latest comments after they claimed she has been living off the wealth of the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.

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Babajide Orevba is a CAF accredited Nigerian journalist and HOD of the Local Desk with over 10 years of experience in media landscape.He studied NCE Political Science/Social Studies, AOCOED.