India’s captain Virat Kohli has made the cut into the World’s Richest Sports Personalities, according to a Forbes compilation.
Kohli has made his place on the 83rd rank with the net worth of $24 million.
Meanwhile, America’s boxing champion Floyd Mayweather is at the summit of the list. The American boxer has the total of $285 million earnings.
Virat Kohli’s graph has taken off in the last five years.
Surprisingly, no women sports athlete has made it into the wealthiest list.
Thus, the rankings are dominated by all the males. Serena Williams moved out of the list, as her earnings dropped from USD 8 million to USD 62,000. Williams recently gave berth to her daughter Alexis in September.
In fact, Virat Kohli popularity has reached new heights in the last five years. The India captain has more than 25 million followers on Twitter. Moreover, the consistency in his game has taken him to the top of the mountain in the cricket world.
Recently, Virat Kohli was named in the A+ contract list of the BCCI, which ensures him an earning of USD 1 million.
However, it is well-known that the most of Kohli’s money comes from top brands like Puma, Pepsi, Audi and Oakley.
“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, Forbes said.
Argentina and Barcelona football star Lionel Messi is at the second place, whereas, Cristiano Ronaldo follows his competitor at the third place.
Messi has an annual earning of USD 111 million while Ronaldo with 108 million is at the third place. However, Messi’s annual salary and bonus exceeded USD 80 million which makes him the highest paid athlete on the field.
In fact, in this year list, 40 NBA stars have made the cut into the list. Thus, they have broken the record of 32 basketball players achieved last year.
Brazilian football sensation Neymar Jr is at the fifth place with USD 90 million earnings. NBA talisman, LeBron James occupies the sixth place with USD 85.5 million,