Kohli Becomes The World’s Highest Paid Athlete

At $24 mn, Virat Kohli becomes only Indian to join Mayweather on Forbes' highest-paid athletes list

Ex-world Boxing champion Floyd Mayweather topped the ranking of the highest paid athletes in the world according to the magazine "Forbes".

Each year up until 2021, his salary increases by a million each year and given his market value, it shouldn't be a surprise that his earnings through endorsements also see an increase. The India skipper is placed 83 on the list.

"He's a pretty good businessman despite the problems people might have with him", added Badenhausen of Mayweather, a man who was sentenced to 90 days in jail, serving 60 days, for domestic violence in 2012. That sends a particularly disturbing message to female athletes everywhere, suggesting that women are financially punished for going on maternity leave.

Mayweather made a staggering $275 million (£205m) alone from his fight with McGregor, who is fourth on the list after accruing $99 million. Basketball players in particular make money from both sports and the products they endorse. Unfortunately, Serena Williams - the only woman on Forbes 100 Highest Paid Athlete last year - dropped off it this year.

Of his Dollars 24m earnings, 20m are estimated to be from endorsements, while the remaining 4m come from his salary.

As per the website, Forbes earnings figures include all salaries and bonuses earned between June 1, 2017 and June 1, 2018.

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(L-R) Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi, Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian striker Neymar.

For the first time since 2010, there was not a single woman on the list.

The list included athletes from 22 countries in 11 sports.

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo both earn around the £80million per year mark, though one star does rank higher than the other. The top 100 earned $3.8 billion, a 23% jump over a year ago.

The top 100 has an worldwide flavour with athletes from 22 countries, but Americans dominate the action with 66 making the cut thanks to sky-high salaries in baseball, basketball and football.

View the full list on Forbes.

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