It's the second time he made it to the list.
Virat Kohli who is currently leading team India in ICC World Cup 2019, is on Forbes highest-paid athletes 2019 list. This is the second time for Virat's name to be featured and he is the only Indian sportsperson on the list. In 2018, Virat was ranked 83rd but this year he has stooped down to 100th, even after an increase of $1 million endorsements. Well, we guess it's high time India should start thinking about giving a hike to other sportspeople too.
Source: Hindustan Times
According to Forbes 2019 list, Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli has an estimated earning of $21 million from all his endorsements and $4 million from his salary and winnings, which make a total of $25 million for the past 12 months. However, the list was topped by football superstar Lionel Messi.
It's noteworthy that for the first time three footballers have clinched the first three position of the Forbes Highest Paid Athletes list since 1990.
Source: Evening Standard
We have Barcelona and Argentina football superstar Lionel Messi topping the list after he dethroned boxing giant Floyd Mayweather. Lionel Messi earns a whopping $35 million from endorsements and $92 million from his salary and winnings, which totals up to $127 million annually.
Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, who was in the talks for his move from Real Madrid to Juventus last season, ranked second on the list and has an estimated earning of $109 million with $65 million coming from salary and $44 million from endorsements.
After Messi and Ronaldo, Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar ranks third on the list with an estimated income of $105 million with $75 million coming from his salary and $30 million from endorsements.
Source: The National
Tennis superstar Roger Federer ranked fifth on the list with a humongous earning of $86 million from endorsements and $7.4 million as salary.
Meanwhile, Serena Williams was the only female sportsperson to make it to the list. She was ranked at 63rd position with an endorsement earning of $25 million and $4.2 from salary making an annual income of $29.2 million.
Source: Time Magazine
Other big names who made it to the list are Golf king Tiger Woods, who recently received America's highest civilian award, British F1 racer Lewis Hamilton and tennis star Rafael Nadal and boxer Conor McGregor.
20-year-old footballer, Kylian Mbappe was the youngest on the list on 55th position with $30.6 million and 48-year-old golfer, Phil Mickelson at 19th position is the oldest with $48.4 million.
World's Top 20 Highest-Paid Athletes in 2019
1. Lionel Messi (Football) - $127m
2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Football) - $109m
3. Neymar (Football) - $105m
4. Canelo Alvarez (Boxing) - $94m
5. Roger Federer (Tennis) - $93.4m
6. Russell Wilson (American Football) - $89.5m
7.Aaron Rodgers (American Football) - $89.3m
8. LeBron James (Basketball) - $89m
9. Stephen Curry (Basketball) - $79.8m
10. Kevin Durrant (Basketball) - $65.4m
11. Tiger Woods (Golf) $63.9 M
12. Ben Roethlisberger (Football) $55.5 M
13. Lewis Hamilton (Auto Racing) $55 M
14. Anthony Joshua (Boxing) $55 M
15. Khalil Mack (Football) $55 M
16. Russell Westbrook (Basketball) $53.7 M
17. Novak Djokovic (Tennis) $50.6 M
18. Mike Trout (Baseball) $50.6 M
19. Phil Mickelson (Golf) $48.4 M
20. James Harden (Basketball) $47.7 M