Cricket captain Virat Kohli is the sole sportsperson from India to feature among the world’s 100 highest paid athletes in the latest Forbes list, topped by football star Cristiano Ronaldo
Kohli, 28, has been ranked 89th on the 2017 Forbes list of ‘The World’s highest paid athletes‘ with a total pay of USD 22 million that includes USD three million from salary and winnings, and another 19 million from endorsements.
Describing Kohli as the “Indian cricket phenom“, Forbes said the sports star has “for good reason” already drawn comparisons to all-time great Sachin Tendulkar.
The list has been topped by Ronaldo with a total pay of 93 million dollars. American basketball star LeBron James comes in at the second spot with USD 86.2 million, followed by Argentine footballer Lionel Messi (3) with 80 million, tennis star Roger Federer (4) with 64 million and American basketball player Kevin Durant.
The list that features athletes from 21 countries and 11 sports had Serena Williams(51) as the lone female athlete with $27 million.
The earnings figures include salaries, prize money and bonuses earned between June 2016 and June 2017.