- Virat Kohli is the ranked 83rd in Forbes’ list of world’s highest-paid athletes
- Kohli is the only Indian sportsperson on the list and is the highest earning cricketer in the word
- The list is topped by boxer Floyd Mayweather and includes popular names like Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Roger Federer and Tiger Woods
In latest cricket news, Indian captain Virat Kohli has been ranked 83rd among the world’s highest-paid athletes, according to recent compilation released by Forbes. The list is topped by American boxing champion Floyd Mayweather and is dominated by basketball stars owing to sky-high salaries in the NBA. This Virat Kohli news comes in the wake of the 29-year-old superstar emerging as the most popular cricketer in the world after swashbuckling performances across formats, which has now made him the highest earning cricketer as well.
Virat Kohli the only Indian on Forbes list
Another interesting to note in this cricket latest news is that Kohli, who is ranked 83rd on the list, is the only sportsperson from India to be featured on Forbes’ list of world highest paid athletes with earnings of $24 million. Earlier this year, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) named the 29-year-old as one of just five players to receive the newly-created A+ contracts, which guarantee an annual retainer of more than $1 million.
Kohli, the world’s highest earning cricketer, 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. He has now been certified as the highest earning cricket player in the world.
“Yet like the Indian cricket mega-stars who have come before him, Kohli’s big payday comes off the pitch where he’s partnered with top brands such as Puma, Pepsi, Audi and Oakley.”
No women in world highest paid athletes list
While this latest cricket news and Virat Kohli news comes as a reason to rejoice for the Indian captain’s fans, the fact that there are on women athletes on Forbes list of top earning athletes might come as a surprise to many.
Forbes said tennis’ female sportspersons Li Na, Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams were list regulars but Li retired in 2014 and Sharapova is still dealing with the aftermath of a 15-month suspension for using a banned substance. Williams was the only woman to feature in the top 100 last year, but her prize money dropped from $8 million to $62,000 this year after she gave birth to her daughter, Alexis, in September last year.
Moving on from this specific cricket latest news and Virat Kohli news about him being confirmed as the world’s highest earning cricketer, Forbes also stated that it was harder than ever to qualify for the 100 highest-paid athletes, with the cutoff up $1.5 million to $22.9 million. The top 100 earned $3.8 billion, a 23 per cent jump over last year.
“Salaries and prize money are up significantly, but endorsement earnings fell for the second straight year to $877 million as companies watch their sports marketing budgets. The top 100 has an international flavour with athletes from 22 countries, but Americans dominate the action with 66 making the cut thanks to sky-high salaries in baseball, basketball and football. Those three sports had a combined 72 entries,” Forbes revealed.