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LeBron James becomes first NBA player to hit $1bn in earnings

LeBron James has become the first player in the NBA to hit the $1billion mark while still actively playing the sport, Sportico, CBS Sports.

The four-time NBA champion has now joined the six-man elite club which includes Tiger Woods, Floyd Mayweather, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Roger Federer.

The 36-year-old was drafted into the elite basketball league in 2003 and has grossed $330m in salary since lacing his canvass for several NBA outfits.

In terms of endorsement. merchandise, licensing and media, James has earned a whopping $700m.


His contracts with AT&T, Beats, Blaze Pizza, GMC, PepsiCo, Rimowa and Walmart gives him an annual income of $100m.

In his lifetime deal with Nike, the former Cleaveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat star takes home $30m yearly.

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