Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli is not just a run machine on the field, but a big inspiration for young fans off the field as well. While, in the past, Kohli has broken various record, he has achieved yet another landmark off the field lately. He is among the list of most valuable athletes on micro-blogging website Twitter.
In India, cricket is considered almost equal to a religion, and Indian players are worshipped like demigods. Players such as Sachin Tendulkar, Sunil Gavaskar, MS Dhoni have a huge fan following. However, Kohli is also not behind.
As captain of the Indian cricket team, he is the face of India, on the global front, and a very marketable one indeed. While at the beginning of his career, Kohli did face some issues. But as he matured, responsibilities made him a man.
Kohli turned from a bulky player to a slim, fit and attractive athlete. Given the popularity of cricket in India, Kohli is associated with many brands, who all want him to endorse their products. After conquering Indian brands, the 31-year-old has now become a global icon.
Virat Kohli ranks fifth in the list of most valuable athletes on Twitter:
The Indian skipper has achieved yet another milestone by becoming the fifth most valuable athlete on Twitter, as per a report from Bleacher Report. The report also adds that Kohli gets paid $350,101 per tweet, that roughly equals to about INR 2.5 crore.
Leading this illustrious list of most marketable athletes is football icon Cristiano Ronaldo, who pockets a mammoth $868,604 for each tweet, which equals to about INR 6 crore per tweet.
Behind Ronaldo, are fellow football stars Andres Iniesta and Neymar Jr. who earn $590,825 and $478,138 per tweet, respectively.
At number four is Basketball legend LeBron James who gets paid $470,356 for each tweet. Kohli completes the top five of this list.
Last year, Forbes also included the Indian batsman in their list of world’s highest-paid athletes. The 31-year-old is currently in New Zealand with his team, who are playing a two-match Test series versus the Kiwis.