Virat Kohli pips Lionel Messi to become 7th biggest athlete. Here's how much he earns

Virat Kohli is the only Indian in the coveted list which features the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Roger Federer

It seems the stocks for the Indian captain Virat Kohli are on the surge. He recently pipped Rory McIlroy and Lionel Messi to climb to the number 7th in the list of most valuable athletes that was recently released by Forbes. Already named as the highest earning cricketer, Virat Kohli is in a league that comprises of living legends like Cristiano Ronaldo, Roger Federer and Le Brown James, Usain Bolt and Tiger Woods. Recently, Virat Kohli went past Rocky Ponting to the second spot in the list of cricketers with the highest number of centuries. Virat Kohli is now just behind Sachin Tendulkar who has 49 centuries.

World’s Most Valuable sports brands

Events (Revenue per event per day)
1. Super Bowl – $663m
2. Summer Olympics – $419m
3. Winter Olympics – $285m
4. FIFA World Cup – $229m
5. NCAA Final Four – $228m
6. WrestleMania – $195m
7. UCL – $185m
8. College Football Playoffs – $176m
9. Daytonna 500 – $140m
10. MLB World Series – $124m

Businesses (The amount the enterprise value of the sports business exceeds the average enterprise value of comparable businesses)
1. Nike $29.6b
2. ESPN $15.8b
3. Adidas $7.9b
4. Sky Sports $5.5b
5. Under Armour $4.4b
6. MLBAM $2.4b
7. UFC $2b
8. YES Network $1.4b
9. Reebok $800m
10. NESN – $650m

Athletes: An athlete’s brand value is their earnings (excluding salary and bonus from their sport and all investment income), minus the average income of the top 10 athletes in the same sport
1. Roger Federer $37.2m
2. LeBron James $33.4m
3. Usain Bolt $27m
4. Cristiano Ronaldo $21.5m
5. Phil Mickelson $19.6m
6. Tiger Woods $16.6m
7. Virat Kohli $14.5m
8. Rory McIlroy $13.6m
9. Lionel Messi $13.5m
10. Steph Curry $13.4m

Teams (A team’s brand value is the portion of its enterprise value attributable to local revenue streams like television, advertising, merchandise and tickets, that exceeds what a typical team in the same sport generates)

1. Dallas Cowboys $896m
2. New York Yankees $688m
3. Los Angeles Lakers $595m
4. Manchester United $564m
5. Barcelona $537m
6. New England Patriots $518m
7. Real Madrid $510m
8. New York Knicks $505m
9. Boston Red Sox $458m
10. Chicago Cubs $457m

Currently, the Indian skipper is marshalling the Indian team against New Zealand. India has already lost the 1st ODI at Wankhede by 6 wickets. In the second ODI, New Zealand has set India a target of 231 runs at Pune which does not look threatening.