Virat Kohli, Only Indian in Forbes 2019 word's most paid athletes list!

Indian Cricket Captain Virat Kohli is the only cricketer in the Forbes 2019 list of 100 world's highest-paid athletes. 

According to the Forbes list which was announced on Tuesday, Virat Kohli, who was ranked 83rd in Forbes 2018 list of highest-paid athletes, has been now placed at the 100th spot in the 2019 list which is headed by Argentinean and Football Club Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.

Kohli's estimated earnings is $21 million from endorsements and $4 million from salary and winnings, taking his total tally to $25 million for the last 12 months.

Lionel Messi has led the Forbes list of world's highest-paid athletes for the first time, having unseated boxing great Floyd Mayweather. The 31-year-old earned $127 million last year, more than Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo ($109 million) in second place and Paris Saint-Germain's Neymar ($105 million) in third.

Notably, it is the first time that footballers have clinched the top three spots since Forbes began tracking athlete earnings in 1990.

World's Top 10 Highest-Paid Athletes in 2019 (Source : Forbes)

1. Lionel Messi (Football) - $127m
2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Football) - $109m
3. Neymar (Football) - $105m
4. Canelo Alvarez (Boxing) - $94m
5. Roger Federer (Tennis) - $93.4m
6. Russell Wilson (American Football) - $89.5m
7. Aaron Rodgers (American Football) - $89.3m
8. LeBron James (Basketball) - $89m
9. Stephen Curry (Basketball) - $79.8m
10. Kevin Durrant (Basketball) - $65.4m
100. Virat Kohli (Cricket) - $25m

Anushka is so impressed with her better-half!

Actress Anushka Sharma lauded her husband and India Cricket team captain Virat Kohli for stopping Indian fans from booing former Australia captain Steve Smith during their World Cup match in London on Sunday.

“Aggressive player, benevolent man - so easy to love,” Anushka posted on her Instagram story, along with a news snippet of Virat’s act.

Smith was constantly booed by Indian fans during the World Cup fixture between India and Australia at the Kennington Oval which the Indian team won by 36 runs. Smith, who was the captain when the Australian ball-tampering controversy took place last year, was first booed, with chants of “cheater, cheater”, making the rounds while he was fielding at third man during the Indian innings. All-rounder Hardik Pandya had just been dismissed, and the crowd tried to get under Smith’s skin with the chants. 

Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who was batting at the time, looked up towards that section of the stadium and gestured them not to do so. He instead made a “clap” gesture and pointed towards Smith. He also did the same when Smith walked past, with both players shaking hands.

Commenting on it in a post-match press conference, Kohli expressed sympathy for Smith and apologised on behalf of the Indian crowd. —IANS