India cricket captain Virat Kohli is among the world’s highest-paid athletes, according to a Forbes’ compilation topped by American boxing champion Floyd Mayweather. Kohli, the only sportsperson from India to be featured in the list, is ranked 83rd with earnings of USD 24 million.
Surprisingly, the ‘World’s Highest-Paid Athletes 2018′ compilation is an all-male affair with no women being featured in the list. Kohli, 29, is not just cricket-crazy India’s biggest name but is also one of the most popular athletes in the world, boasting more Twitter followers (25 million-plus) than all but three active sports stars.
The ‘World’s Highest-Paid Athletes 2018′ list is topped by 41-year-old Mayweather, with USD 285 million earnings. This year the Indian national cricket board ‘The Board of Control for Cricket in India’ named Kohli as one of just five players to receive the newly-created A+ contracts, which guarantee an annual retainer of more than USD 1 million.
Salaries and prize money are up significantly, but endorsement earnings fell for the second straight year to USD 877 million as companies watch their sports marketing budgets. The top 100 has an international flavour with athletes from 22 countries, but Americans dominate the action with 66 making the cut thanks to sky-high salaries in baseball, basketball and football. Those three sports had a combined 72 entries