The Forbes’ list of world’s highest-paid athletes of 2020 is out, and the only Indian sportsperson to feature in the list is none other than Virat Kohli. The captain of Team India is also the only cricketer to feature in the list, which is dominated by athletes from other sports such as football, basketball, tennis, MMA and so on.
Kohli was also included in the list for the previous year, but has now moved ahead from 100th to 66th, a whopping jump of 34 spots. According to the reports of the American business magazine, the iconic cricketer has earned a total of USD 26 million, of which, 24 million came alone from endorsements and the rest 2 million from his salary.
The list that was headed by footballers with the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar Jr, and the Barcelona talisman who was even the highest paid athlete of 2019, has now lost theior top positions due to the salary cut because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Instead, Roger Federer has now moved to the top spot from 5th, with an astounding earning of USD 106.3 million in the previous year. The Swiss superstar’s fellow tennis icons Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are ranked 23rd and 27th, with total earnings of USD 44.6 million and 40 million accordingly.
Ronaldo is at the 2nd spot, having earned USD 105 million, followed by previous no. 1 Messi in 3rd and Neymar in 4th, with total earnings of USD 104 million and 95.5 million respectively.
NBA icon LeBron James is fifth in the list with a gross earning of 88.2 USD million, and is the highest earning basketball player. Formula one superstar Lewis Hamilton is 13th with USD 54 million, and former UFC champion Conor McGregor is 16th, who earned USD 48 million.
You can check out the full list here.
Kohli was supposed to return to the pitch with Royal Challengers Banglaore in IPL 2020, the cash rich tournament that is now postponed due to the virus crisis. However, the Men in Bulue skipper will be seen in action as India will be touring Australia in December.