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Virat Kohli Is The Only Indian In Forbes List Of Highest Paid Athletes 2019

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Forbes Magazine released its annual list of highest paid athletes this week. The list, that ranks 100 athletes across 10 sports and those from 25 countries, includes only one Indian sportsperson, Virat Kohli.

The magazine said that salaries of athletes around the world have soared in the recent past, causing an increase in its cut-off to crack the world's 100 highest-paid athletes to USD 25 million this year, as against USD 17.3 million from five years ago.

Their combined earnings from prize money, salaries and endorsements between June 2018 and June 2019 is up by 5 percent from last year to USD 4 billion.

1. Lionel Messi
  
 

1. Lionel Messi

Total earnings: USD 127 Million

Sport: Soccer

Salary/Winnings: USD 92 Million

Endorsements: USD 35 Million

Citizenship: Argentina

2. Cristiano Ronaldo
  

2. Cristiano Ronaldo

Total earnings: USD 109 Million

Sport: Soccer

Salary/Winnings: USD 65 Million

Endorsements: USD 44 Million

Citizenship: Portugal

3. Neymar
  

3. Neymar

Total earnings: USD 105 Million

Sport: Soccer

Salary/Winnings: USD 75 Million

Endorsements: USD 30 Million

Citizenship: Brazil

4. Canelo Alvarez
  

4. Canelo Alvarez

Total earnings: USD 94 Million

Sport: Boxing

Salary/Winnings: USD 92 Million

Endorsements: USD 2 Million

Citizenship: Mexico

5. Roger Federer
  
 

5. Roger Federer

Total earnings: USD 93.4 Million

Sport: Tennis

Salary/Winnings: USD 7.4 Million

Endorsements: USD 86 Million

Citizenship: Switzerland

100. Virat Kohli
  

100. Virat Kohli

Total earnings: USD 25 Million

Sport: Cricket

Salary/Winnings: USD 4 Million

Endorsements: USD 21 Million

Citizenship: India

Despite an increase in his earnings from the year before, Kohli's ranking fell from 83 last year.

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