India captain Virat Kohli was the only cricketer in the Forbes 100 highest-paid athletes for 2019.
Kohli was the 100th name on the list, with total earnings of $25 million (Dh91m). His earnings included $4m from match fees and $21m from endorsements. Kohli’s match fee includes his $1m India contract and IPL deal.
Kohli’s low salary – compared to other athletes, especially NBA and NFL players – meant he was right at the bottom of the list, even as his endorsement list compared favourably to that of NBA stars Russell Westbrook (16th on the list with $35.7m earnings and $18m in endorsements) and James Harden (20th with $30.7m salary and $17m in endorsements).
India wicketkeeper batsman MS Dhoni was once among the 100 highest-paid athletes but has now slipped out of the list.
Lionel Messi emerged as the highest paid athlete for 2018/2019. Messi took home a cool $127m through salary and endorsement deals.
Second on the list is Messi’s long-time rival Cristiano Ronaldo who earned $109m in total.
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