Virat Kohli Only Indian Among Forbes World's Highest Paid Athlete, No Women In Top 100

| June 6 , 2018 , 13:18 IST

Indian Cricket Team captain Virat Kohli is the only cricketer to feature in the World's Highest Paid Athlete list published by Forbes. He incidentally is also the only Indian on this list. Kohli is ranked 83rd on the list with an earning of $24 million.

The list is topped by 41-year-old American Boxing Champion Floyd Mayweather with a total earning of USD 285 million. Mayweather is followed by Lionel Messi ($111 million) at number two and Christiano Ronaldo ($108 million)

Being one of the most famous cricket players not only in India but in the world, Virat Kohli earned $20 million from endorsements and $4 million from salaries and winnings. 

Among the top 100, 66 athletes were from the USA while baseball, basketball and football together accounted for 72 entries in total. Athletes from 11 different sports made the cut in the list. 

Surprisingly, the list includes all-male, no women are featured in the ‘World’s Highest-Paid Athletes 2018’ list. This has happened for the first time since 2010 when Fores expanded the list to atleast 50 people.

A statement on Forbes reads, "Li Na, Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams were list regulars, but Li retired in 2014 and Sharapova is still dealing with the aftermath of a 15-month suspension for using a banned substance."

"Williams was the only women to make the top 100 last year, but her prize money dropped from $8 million to $62,000 this year after she gave birth to her daughter, Alexis, in September," it further read.