Everyone wants to be famous, everyone wants to become wealthy and all of us crave for a comfortable life. The desire to reach at the top of the world is never ending but most of us don’t understand what it takes to earn that status in the society. Our parents are experienced enough and they guide us to ultimate victory by the means of education. They aren’t wrong, but they are too mainstream. There are many ways a person can become successful and among those, there is athleticism.
Let’s have a look at the list of some of the greatest athletes or sports player ever lived on Earth and how famous personalities they are:
11 Michael Jordan – Famous Basketball Player
Most of us know Michael Jordan is one of the most successful basketball player of all time but very few of us know how famous he is. Michael Jordan also known as “Air Jordan” and “His Airness” is the second richest African-American in the world. He is the first NBA player to become billionaire. He has also won two Olympic gold medals for the team in the year 1984 and 1992. Jordan was ranked by Forbes magazine as the 20th most powerful celebrity in the world between June 2009 and June 2010.
He has been a major spokesman for Nike, Coca-Cola, Chevrolet, Gatorade and McDonald’s. Nike even created a signature shoe for him, named Air Jordan. Jordan himself made Nike earn 1 billion dollar by being the brand ambassador of the company.
10 Tiger Woods – Most Remarkable Golf Player
Tiger Woods started playing golf before he and his family celebrated his 2nd birthday. His passion for golf came from his father who played golf in a regular club while hanging out with his friends. Woods went on to win 8 Junior World Championship six times, which include 4 consecutive wins. By the age of 15, Woods became the youngest ever U.S Junior Amateur champion. Woods was considered as the world’s most remarkable athlete. Companies like General Motors, Titleist, American Express, Accenture and Nike signed him for more than a billion dollar contract. He even endorses the Tiger Woods PGA Tour series of video games.
He is considered as the richest golf player history has ever witnessed. Forbes ranked Woods as the 9th world’s highest paid athletes.
9 Christiano Ronaldo – Most Famous Footballer
Born in a small household, Christiano used to play football at an amateur team Andorinha where his father worked as a kit man. Ronaldo had an undying spirit for football from an early age. His passion for the game and his dribbling skills impressed Manchester United’s manager and Ronaldo became first Portuguese player to be signed by Manchester United. Ronaldo joined Real Madrid for a world record transfer fee of 80 million Euro. Forbes twice ranked Ronaldo at the first spot on their on their list of the world’s highest paid football players. Emporio Armani, Coca-Cola, Motorola, KFC, Tag Heuer, Fly Emirates and Samsung signed Ronaldo to be their brand ambassador. Ronaldo has 158 million followers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, which made him the most popular sport personality on social media in August 2010.
8 Roger Federer – Greatest Tennis Player
Currently ranked 3rd best player in the world Roger Federer is considered as the greatest tennis player of all time. Federer hold the position of world’s no. 1 player for 302 weeks, winning 17 grand slams. Federer might be at the verge of his career but his rivalry with Rafal Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray is world famous. Federer belongs to neutral country but his style, his achievement and his game is the reason why he has fans all over the world.
7 Sachin Tendulkar – Most Famous Cricketer
“If Cricket is Religion, then Sachin is God”
Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, the king of records in Cricket. Sachin has ruled Cricket for more than two decades. Sachin started his international cricketing career at the mere age of 16 years, in the era when bowlers like Wasim Akram, Courtney Walsh ruled the game. Sachin’s batting is so attractive that once Sir Don Bradman said “I see myself when I watch Sachin batting”.
Pepsi, MRF, Coca-Cola, ESPN Star Sports, Adidas, Britannia, Philips and many more brands are associated with Sachin. Sachin was estimated to 160 million USD, making him the wealthiest Indian Cricket player in 2013.
6 Lionel Mess – Highest Paid Athletes
Born on 24th June,1987 in Argentina,Messi was not god gifted with the skills of football.
In the early phase of his life, Messi gained interest in football. At the age of 10, he was diagnosed with growth hormone deficiency. Messi’s father was able to contribute for his treatment from his insurance policy for a couple of years. Later, in the year 2000 his distant relatives somehow managed a trial for Messi for one of the most renowned clubs of Europe, Barcelona. Messi impressed everyone in his first attempt and they were ready to sign him up on the spot. The manager, signed Messi for Barcelona on a napkin and rest is history.
Currently, Messi is second on Forbes list of the world’s highest paid athletes with income of 81.4 million dollars.
5 Usain Bolt – Most Famous Runner
The fastest man on Earth, this statement is enough to describe Usain Bolt’s achievements. He has earned the nick name of “Lightning Bolt”. He is the highest paid athlete ever in track and field and has been called the world’s most marketable athlete. He is the first man to hold both the 100 meters and 200 meters world records. After every win Usain Bolt strikes his lightning bolt pose which his fans appreciate a lot. He has won 6 Olympic gold medals and he has been world champion 4 times.
4 Muhammad Ali – Most Famous Gold Medalist In Boxing
Cassius Clay or better known as Muhammad Ali, is regarded as the most successful and hard working boxer in history. In the early stage of his career Muhammad Ali shocked everyone by winning 19 consecutive game with 15 wins by knockout. At 18 years of age, Ali won gold medal in light heavy weight lifting at Rome Olympics, which he later threw into Ohio river after he and his friend were refused at a “white-only” restaurant. Muhammad Ali was not only a boxer, he was motivational speaker, a philanthropist and he is still a source of inspiration for many of us. American government has introduced an act named “Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act” to protect rights and welfare of boxers.
3 Serena Williams
American professional tennis player and currently ranked no. 1 female tennis player, Serena Williams has single handedly changed the face of women tennis all across the globe. She is most successful female tennis player ever lived. With six Australian Open, three French Open, eight Wimbledon titles she rules the game. She can be considered as the most successful women athlete. She has also appeared in many television commercials and gave voice for many cartoon shows too. She endorses brand like Puma, Gatorade, Pepsi , Aston Martin, IBM and Mini.
2 Michael Phelps
Also known as the most decorated Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps holds the record of winning 22 Olympic medals in three Olympic games. Freestyle, backstroke or butterfly Michael has mastered all of them in such a way that he is named as “The Flying Fish”. Including world championship Michael has won 77 medals out which 61 are gold medals. Michael Phelps is considered as the most successful athlete of Olympic till date.
1 David Beckham
Footballer, style icon, philanthropist, businessman and a super model, David Beckham has justified each and every role in his life completely. Beckham represented English football team and has also played for Manchester United, Real Madrid and A.C. Milan. His fan following is so enormous that he generated 1 billion Euros for Adidas in the year 2013 with just shirt and boot sales. Beckham works for the UNICEF and focuses on UNICEF’s Global Sport’s Development Program.