Michael Jeffrey Jordan , also known by his initials, MJ, is an American retired professional basketball player, businessman, and principal owner and chairman of the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association . Jordan played 15 seasons in the NBA for the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards. His biography on the NBA website states: "By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time." Jordan was one of the most effectively marketed athletes of his generation and was considered instrumental in popularizing the NBA around the world in the 1980s and 1990s.
Gareth Frank Bale is a Welsh professional footballer who plays as a winger for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Wales national team. Renowned for his ball striking from distance, swerving free kicks, and his ability to get past defenders with pace, Bale has received plaudits from his peers, who have described him as a footballer with "tremendous speed, great crossing ability, a great left foot and exceptional physical qualities".
James Howard Thome is a former American baseball player who played 22 seasons in Major League Baseball . Thome spent most of his career with the Cleveland Indians , anchoring a core of players that led the franchise to two World Series appearances in three years during the mid-1990s. Thome also had stints with the Philadelphia Phillies , Chicago White Sox , and three other teams. Initially a third baseman, Thome transitioned to first base and, later in his career, became a designated hitter.