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Indian captain Virat Kohli has made it to the Forbes 2018 list of world’s highest paid athletes. The only Indian in this top 100, Kohli ranked at no. 83 is also the lone cricketer to figure in the list headed by professional boxer Floyd Mayweather.
Football icons Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are at numbers 2 and 3 in the Forbes 2018 World’s Highest Paid Athletes List announced on Wednesday. Mayweather, whose earnings were pegged at $ 285 million, incidentally, has topped the list four times in seven years.
According to Forbes, Kohli earned $24 million over the last 12 months; $4 million through salary and winnings, and $20 million through brand endorsements.
Forbes said that the line-up has leading names from 11 different sports and 22 countries but basketball dominates with 40 NBA players figuring in the top 100. Their number stood at 32 in 2017.
Virat Kohli, incidentally, was the top sportsperson in the Forbes 2017 India Celebrity 100 list. The list, that had 21 sports personalities, was topped by Bollywood superstars Salman Khan and Shahrukh at number 1 and 2 respectively. The Indian cricket captain was at the third spot.
The prolific Indian batsman had also made it to the TIME list of 100 most influential people for 2018 along with Bollywood superstar Deepika Padukone.
Explaining how it had finalised the list, Forbes said that its earnings figures included all salaries, bonuses and prize money earned between June 1, 2017 and June 1, 2018.
“Endorsement incomes are an estimate of sponsorship deals, appearance fees and licensing income for the 12 months through June 1 based on conversations with dozens of industry insiders. The golfers’ income includes course-design work,” it said.
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The calculations do not deduct for taxes or agents’ fees, and don’t include investment income. The total earnings of the top 100 stood at $ 3.8 billion, a jump of 23% over last year, said Forbes.
The latest Forbes list of the world’s highest paid athletes coincided with the unveiling of Kohli’s wax statue at Madame Tussauds, Delhi.
The Indian Test and One Day International (ODI) captain has been in terrific form over the past few years. The 29-year-old batsman has scored 35 ODI centuries, and is next only to Sachin Tendulkar who retired in 2013 with 49 ODI 100s to his name.
Tendulkar has 51 Test 100s and is the only player in cricket history to have scored 100 centuries in international cricket.