As per latest Forbes reports, India cricket team skipper Virat Kohli has been named amongst the globe’s top paid sportspersons.
The Indian skipper turns out to be the only Indian player to get his name featured in the most coveted list.
Virat Kohli remains at 83rd position with overall earnings of USD 24 million, the website added up.
Astonishingly, the ‘World’s Highest-Paid Athletes 2018’ collection is an all-male affair as there is no female player being featured in the coveted list.
As per Forbes, “Athletes from 11 different sports made the cut. NBA stars lead the way with 40 basketball players among the top 100. It tops the record from one sport set just last year with 32 hoopsters (only 18 were on the 2016 list). The soaring NBA salaries are a result of an increased salary cap, driven by the league’s $24 billion TV deal, which tipped off with the 2016-17 season.”
The 41 YO May weather remained on top of the ‘World’s Highest-Paid Athletes 2018’. His earnings remained at USD 285 million.
“The NFL was the next most-represented sport with 18 athletes, led by Matt Ryan ($67.3 million) at ninth overall. Baseball (14 athletes), Soccer (9), Golf (5), boxing, tennis (4 each) and racing (3) also landed multiple stars in the top 100. For the third straight year, cricket (Virat Kohli, $24 million), mixed-martial arts (McGregor, $99 million) and track (Usain Bolt, $31 million) had one athlete make the grade. No NHL players or Nascar drivers earned $20 million during the past year,” Forbes.
Forbes stated that tennis’ female competitors Li Na, Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams were always got featured in the lust but Li retired in the year 2014 and Sharapova is still dealing with the outcome of a 15-month delay for utilizing a debarred substance.
Virat is not just cricket-passionate country’s biggest name however is also one of the well known sportspersons in the globe, “boasting more Twitter followers (25 million-plus) than all but three active sports stars.”
In 2018, the Indian national cricket panel ‘The Board of Control for Cricket in India’ featured Virat as one of just 5 players to obtain the newly-produced A+ deals that guarantee a twelve-monthly retainer of over USD 1 million, it said.