Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli became the only Indian to feature in the list of highest-paid athletes released by Forbes. 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 (more than Rs 141 crores) $3 million through salary and winnings, and $19 million through brand 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.
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Forbes further said that Kohli has continuously shattered batting records and in 2014/15 season was named the captain of the Indian Test team, making him one of the youngest players to ever hold the job. Forbes also noted that last year Kohli made nearly USD 1 million in salary and match fees from his duties with the national team, and he’s also among the Indian Premier League’s highest-paid players thanks to a USD 2.3 million salary from the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). “The vast majority of his income, however, comes from one of the sports world’s most impressive sponsorships portfolios,” Forbes added.
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Interestingly, the top five haven’t differed too greatly from 2016. this year the list is topped by Christiano Ronaldo at 93 Million USD followed by LeBron James At 86 Million and Lionel Messi at 80 Million.