Shout out for the Indian Captain
ranked 100 by Forbes

The Forbes World’s highest paid athletes list featured Virat Kohli as the sole cricketer and Indian ranked 100. The list features a wholesome of tennis, soccer, basketball and auto racing champions but fails to show Indians and cricketers in the top 100. It has always been assumed, looking at their lifestyle, that cricketers earn the most among all sportspersons. However, Forbes seems to disagree. Here’s the myth busted that cricket is indeed a highly paid sport.

#1

Lionel
Messi

#2

Cristiano
Ronaldo

#3

Neymar
Jr.

#4

Canelo
Alvarez

#100

Virat
Kohli

Overall athletes

One might think that sportspersons sleep on beds of cash and earn millions a day, whereas most of their earning comes from brand endorsements. According to the list, most of the players and especially cricketers aka Virat Kohli earns 3/4th of his money from endorsements. This proves why sportspersons are the highest featuring celebrities in advertisements.
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#1

Lionel
Messi

$127mn

#2

Cristiano
Ronaldo

$109mn

#3

Neymar
Jr.

$105mn

#4

Canelo
Alvarez

$94mn

#100

Virat
Kohli

$25mn

Cricket

Cricketers, even after enjoying worldwide popularity earn way lesser as compared to footballers, basketball players and tennis champs. The only cricketer on the list, Virat Kohli earns $ 25 million as total earnings and $ 21 million from endorsements and yet the highest to feature on Forbes. Let’s see who else earns a fairly good amount.

#1

Virat
Kohli

$25mn

#2

MS
Dhoni

$21.7mn

#3

Chris
Gayle

$7.5mn

#4

AB
de Villiers

$6.4mn

#5

Virender
Sehwag

$6.1mn

Tennis

Winning back-to-back tournaments and yet winnings are less than endorsement fee, proves Roger Federer’s $ 93.4 million out of which $ 86 million comes from brand endorsements. Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal too are in the running with $ 50.6 million and $ 35 million respectively. Let’s look at who’s trying to surpass the maestros

#1

Roger
Federer

$93.4mn

#2

Novak
Djokovic

$50.6mn

#3

Kei
Nishikori

$37.3mn

#4

Rafael
Nadal

$35mn

#100

Virat
Kohli

$25mn

Football

The three top ranks are clinched by footballers Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar. Not only are they the best at their sport but they are the best even when it comes to earnings. Let’s see who else can come closer to Messi’s $ 127 million, Ronaldo’s $ 109 million and Neymar’s $ 105 million

#1

Lionel
Messi

$127mn

#2

Cristiano
Ronaldo

$109mn

#3

Neymar
Jr.

$105mn

#4

Paul
Pogba

$33mn

#100

Virat
Kohli

$25mn

Formula One

Formula One on the outside looks like a sport of the elitists, but according to Forbes only two of the maestros are worth to have a standing on the list. Lewis Hamilton’s $ 55 million and Sebastian Vettel’s $ 40.3 million are the highest that F1 drivers earn. Let’s see how much other from the league strive for

#1

Lewis
Hamilton

$55mn

#2

Sebastian
Vettel

$40.3mn

#3

Fernando
Alonso

$34mn

#100

Virat
Kohli

$25mn

#5

Daniel
Ricciardo

$17mn