Indian skipper Virat Kohli has once again become the sole Indian in the Forbes 2019 list of world’s highest-paid athletes. Forbes released its annual sports rich list on Monday.
According to Forbes, Virat Kohli made USD 25 million by salary and advertisement deals last year. Out of $25 million, $21 million came through brand endorsement while he got $4 million as salary. Ranked 83rd on last year’s list, Kohli has climbed down to the 100th spot despite an increase of USD 1m in endorsements.
Meanwhile, Messi has dethroned retired boxer Floyd Mayweather as the sports world’s highest earner, raking in USD 127 million via salary and endorsement deals.
Messi is now ahead of long-time rival Cristiano Ronaldo, the Juventus and Portugal star is was second with earnings of USD 109 million. Portuguese professional footballer and Messi’s biggest rival Cristiano Ronaldo stands second on the list with earnings of USD 109 million.
Tennis superstar Serena Williams is the only woman on the list and she takes the 63rd position, with incomes of $29.2 million.
Golfer Tiger Woods, who was once the number one, now stands 11th on the list with $69.3 million.
With Brazilian footballer Neymar on the third position, the top three places have been taken by three best footballers of the world.