Michael Jordan built his legacy on dominating his competition on the basketball court. Now MJ is doing the same off of it. Forbes reported that MJ made an estimated $90 million dollars in 2013 off of his partnership with Nike. This statistic gave Jordan the biggest payday of any current or retired athlete in the world outside of Floyd Mayweather.
Last week, the Air Jordan 10 Retro "Powder Blue" hit the shelves and grossed $35 million in first day sales - an astonishing number considering this was not as hyped as other releases by Jordan Brand. His Airness is also the main topic of discussion when it comes to LeBron James comparisons. So how does the GOAT shape up with The King in sales? Last year, James stood as the top seller amongst current NBA players with a total of $300 million dollars in retail. Jordan trumped that by grossing $2.25 billion. Think about this: In 2003, LeBron James signed his highly speculated Nike contract for $90 million dollars. Ten years later, MJ brought in an estimated $90 million in one year.