Current Indian captain Virat Kohli was the only cricketer in the list released by Forbes, containing the top 100 highest-earning athletes. Kohli was the 66th person on the list, having reported earnings of USD 26 million in the last 12 months, which approximately translates to 196 crores. Tennis legend Roger Federer occupied the top spot.
Nevertheless, with sporting activities on hold as of now, the paycheques of the athletes have suffered too. The salaries of renowned and eminent footballers like Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and others have severely depleted. The pandemic has forced them to take a lesser amount this year as compared to what they earn originally. The current circumstance caused Roger Federer to top the list for the first time in his career.
Meanwhile, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) did announce that players’ pay wouldn’t get affected in light of the crisis. Nevertheless, his earnings enhanced this year only by USD 1 million contrary to USD 25 million the previous year. The Board has also remarked that if the Indian Premier League (IPL) doesn’t take place this year, they will incur a loss of $530 million.
Virat Kohli’s salary breakup:
BCCI Grade A+ contract: USD 1 million
The Delhi batsman gets a sum of USD 1 million from the BCCI annually. Virat Kohli is amongst the top three cricketers in the top category of the Indian Cricket Board’s paygrade.
Other winnings: 1 million
The prize money from different cricketing competition amounts to another million in Kohli’s earnings. The bracket may include man of the match awards and man of the series awards.
Endorsements: USD 24 million
Alongside being one of the most successful athletes, Virat Kohli is also amongst the highest-paid celebrities in the nation. With the help of endorsements like Puma, Audi, Colgate-Palmolive, Flipkart, Google, Hero-Motocorp, Uber, Valvoline, he earns a staggering USD 24 million.
Kohli’s social media following of 134 million people combined on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram helps him fetch some of the famous brand endorsements in India.