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

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