In 2014, Forbes named James the World's Most Powerful Athlete, and in 2015 James announced a partnership with the University of Akron to provide scholarships for as many as 2,300 students, beginning in 2021. James' cautious activism »Arguably, it hasn't happened yet.
Guillermo Coria is one non-European to have excelled, ending the year as a top ten player twice.In 2013, a Japanese jeweler created a gold replica of his left foot valued at .25 million. Everyone knows that the real thing is actually priceless. Pure genius."He is the best player in the world by some distance. He can take advantage of every mistake we make." -- Arsene Wenger, Arsenal's manager, after Messi had scored four past them-- Ian Chadband The joyous boy from Brazil (and Barcelona) is only 24, but, goodness, he's already lived a life.Global perspective on Messi's fame »You think Steph Curry's highlight reel is unreal? A dad at 19 while also becoming Brazil's footballing idol, he has been the most marketable athlete on the planet, the face of an entire World Cup and cover model for Vogue and Time.It was a similar scene over the weekend when Ronaldo peeled off his jersey triumphantly after delivering the penalty kick that clinched Real Madrid's 11th Champions League title. He and Michael Jordan are the only players to win a regular-season MVP, NBA Finals MVP and an Olympic gold medal in the same year.He's pals with everyone from mega-investor Warren Buffett to Jay Z.All three flagship events have an illustrious history, dating back to the founding of Tennis Europe in the mid-1970's.Over a quarter of a million spectators file through the gates annually to see competitions that are reported in over 780 periodicals worldwide, garnering over 12,000 minutes of TV and radio airtime.As one would expect from the wealthiest female athlete on the planet, Maria Sharapova has had a string of high profile boyfriends over the last ten years.She's dated fellow tennis pros, TV personalities (no, not Will Ferrell), B-Ballers and soccer stars (though, as you'll see, we're calling BS on that particular rumor). Fw-300 #ya-qn-sort h2 /* Breadcrumb */ #ya-question-breadcrumb #ya-question-breadcrumb i #ya-question-breadcrumb a #bc .ya-q-full-text, .ya-q-text #ya-question-detail h1 html[lang="zh-Hant-TW"] .ya-q-full-text, html[lang="zh-Hant-TW"] .ya-q-text, html[lang="zh-Hant-HK"] .ya-q-full-text, html[lang="zh-Hant-HK"] .ya-q-text html[lang="zh-Hant-TW"] #ya-question-detail h1, html[lang="zh-Hant-HK"] #ya-question-detail h1 #Stencil . Bdend-1g /* Trending Now */ /* Center Rail */ #ya-center-rail .profile-banner-default .ya-ba-title #Stencil . Bgc-lgr #ya-best-answer, #ya-qpage-msg, #ya-question-detail, li.ya-other-answer .tupwrap .comment-text /* Right Rail */ #Stencil . Bxsh-003-prpl #yai-q-answer, #ya-trending, #ya-related-questions h2. Fw-300 .qstn-title #ya-trending-questions-show-more, #ya-related-questions-show-more #ya-trending-questions-more, #ya-related-questions-more /* DMROS */ .