Virat Kohli sole Indian in Forbes` 2018 list of highest paid athletes

Virat Kohli sole Indian in Forbes` 2018 list of highest paid athletes

Neymar, the world's most expensive footballer, completes the football-heavy top five after earning $90 million, while household names Lebron James, Roger Federer and Steph Curry are all in the top ten.

While the magazine's annual ranking has "long been testosterone-heavy", Forbes senior editor Kurt Badenhausen wrote, at least one female athlete had always snagged a spot since the magazine expanded its list in 2010.

The Forbes list factored in prize cash, salaries and bonuses earned between June 1, 2017 and this past June 1.

The Irishman would have only needed to earn an additional $13 million from that bout to put him in second place ahead of soccer stars Lionel Messi (No. 2 with $111 million in earnings) and Cristiano Ronaldo (No. 3 with $108 million in earnings).

Kohli jumped six places from his previous year's position as no women feature in the 100-athlete list.

NBA's top earner LeBron James banked $85.5 million, including endorsements, over the last 12 months to rank sixth among the highest-paid athletes.

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Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo both earn around the £80million per year mark, though one star does rank higher than the other.

This year 40 National Basketball Association players made the cut in Forbes' annual look at the world's 100 highest-paid athletes, breaking the record of 32 set last year by hoopsters.

Players from 11 different sports are featured in the list, and from 22 different countries. His estimated earnings, including endorsements, for 2017 were $285 million.

Female athletes notably failed to break into the top 100 for the first time.


Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is the highest earning National Football League player, coming in at ninth with $88 million.

Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry was the only other National Basketball Association player to feature in the top 10, with earnings of $76.9 million. However, that was about $5 million less than National Basketball Association player Nicolas Batum, who landed the 100th spot on the list.

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