Virat Kohli becomes the highest paid Indian athlete in the world: FORBES
India cricket captain Virat Kohli is among the world’s highest-paid athletes, according to a Forbes’ compilation topped by American boxing champion Floyd Mayweather.
Kohli is the only sportsperson from India to be featured in the list, is ranked 83rd with earnings of USD 24 million.
No woman in Forbes top 100 hundred list
Surprisingly, the ‘World’s Highest-paid Athletes 2018’ compilation is an all-male affair with no women being featured in the list.
Kohli, 29, is not just cricket-crazy India’s biggest name but is also one of the most popular athletes in the world, “boasting more Twitter followers (25 million-plus) than all but three active sports stars”, Forbes said.
The ‘World’s Highest-Paid Athletes 2018’ list is topped by 41 year old Mayweather, with USD 285 million earnings. Argentine professional footballer Lionel Messi is ranked second in the list, followed by soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo.
This year the Board of Control for Cricket in India named Kohli as one of just five players to receive the newly created A+ contracts, which guarantee an annual retainer of more than USD 1 million, it said.