How Michael Jordan made a reported $7 million from Lionel Messi’s transfer

Neymar, Michael Jordan posing for the camera: Michael Jordan has had a partnership with Nike since 1984. BERTRAND GUAY/AFP via Getty Images and Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images

Michael Jordan has made $7 million from Lionel Messi’s transfer to Paris Saint-Germain, less than a week after the move was confirmed, according to Argentinian outlet TyC sports. PSG’s shirts are manufactured by Nike, but sold under the Air Jordan sub-brand in a unique collaboration.

According to TyC, the NBA legend reportedly earns a 5% cut of shirt sales. The French club has been enjoying a massive boost in sales since Messi’s arrival last week. Messi swapped Barcelona for Paris last week having spent 21 years in Spain and soon his ‘Messi 30’ shirt became the hottest property.a group of people on a court: The Air Jordan logo first appeared on the PSG kits in 2018. Aurelien Meunier - PSG/PSG via Getty Images

An adult jersey with Messi’s name and number printed on the back retails for $162 and TyC sports reports that PSG have so far made 120 million euros ($140 million) in sales of the shirt since the Argentine arrived in the French capital.

The $7 million is a drop in the ocean for Jordan and his partnership with Nike. Forbes reports that Jordan has made an estimated $1.3 billion in his partnership with Nike, which dates back to 1984.

The Chicago Bulls legend’s logo first started appearing on the PSG kit in place of the Nike swoosh back in 2018 when the French club signed a four-year deal with the brand.

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