India’s cricket star Virat Kohli has been listed at 89th rank of World’s Highest Paid Athletes for 2017, making him share the fame with big tennis players and football players like Messi and Roger Federer.
Virat Kohli is the only Indian sportsperson to feature among the world’s 100 highest paid athletes and top sportsman, of course, was soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo. Kohli’s reported pay of $22 million in the preceding year makes him one of the top 100. He had reportedly earned $3 million as salary and winnings and another $19 million from endorsements. He was compared with all-time great Sachin Tendulkar by Forbes.
Last year Kohli made nearly $1 million in salary and match fees from his national team play, an another $2.3 million from the IPL team Royal Challengers Bangalore. However, Forbes noted that he gets more from sponsorships. “The vast majority of his income, however, comes from one of the sports world’s most impressive sponsorships portfolios,” Forbes said.
Ronaldo topped the list with a total pay of $93 million,followed by American basketball star LeBron James in the second spot with $86.2 million, with Argentine footballer Lionel Messi (3) reporting $80 million, tennis star Roger Federer (4) with $64 million.
Among the 100, woman tennis star Serena Williams, comes at the 51 spot with $27 million, the lone female athlete to figure in the Forbes Top 100 Athletes list 2017.
Golf legend Tiger Woods comes at the 17th spot, while other tennis players Novak Djokovic (16) and Rafael Nadal (33), basketball player Anthony Davis (44) and soccer star Wayne Rooney (70) also make it to the list.
The earnings period was from June 2016 to May 2017. Americans dominated the list with 63 entries due to huge salaries paid by professional Americans leagues like the National Basketball Association, National Football League and Major League Baseball.