Virat Kohli only Indian in Forbes top 100 of highest paid athletes

Forbes Highest paid athletes: This list is topped by Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portuguese star striker who plays for Real Madrid, Virat Kohli is at 89th

Virat Kohli is the star batsman of the Indian cricket team and also its blue-eyed captain who is in the quest to defend India’s ICC Champions Trophy, which it won in 2013. India got off to a good start, defeating arch rivals Pakistan in their opener. Virat Kohli has been in supreme form ever since he broke into the scene and his stocks have only gone up from then. Today he is one of the world’s best batsman and an advertisers dream. Virat Kohli is only second to Shahrukh Khan when it come to being the biggest brand of India. Today Virat Kohli will be leading India against Sri Lanka for a spot in the semis. The match begins in a couple of hours from now.

Virat Kohli, who is just 28 ranked 89th on the Forbes list of ‘The World’s highest paid athletes, with a total pay of $22 mn which includes $3mn from his salary and winning amount, the rest comes from the scores of endorsements he does.

Touting the Indian genius Kohli as the “Indian cricket phenom”, Forbes said the sports star has “for good reason” already drawn comparisons to all-time great Sachin Tendulkar.

This list is topped by Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portuguese star who plays for Real Madrid.

“The vast majority of his income, however, comes from one of the sports world’s most impressive sponsorships portfolios,” Forbes said.