According to Forbes, Indian Captain Virat Kohli is the highest paid Indian athlete. Kohli is also the only sportsperson from India to be featured on the list.
The Indian skipper is ranked 83rd on the list with a yearly earning of 24 million. The World’s Highest Paid Athletes 2018 List surprisingly is an all male affair with not a single woman featured.
The description from the Forbes article reads, “Athletes from 11 different sports made the cut. NBA stars lead the way with 40 basketball players among the top 100. It tops the record from one sport set just last year with 32 hoopsters (only 18 were on the 2016 list.)”
It further reads, “The soaring NBA salaries are a result of an increased salary cap, driven by the league’s $24 billion T.V., deal, which tipped off with the 2016-17 season.”
The list is topped by former professional boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., with USD 285 million in earnings.
Forbes explained the list earlier featured female tennis players Li Na and Maria Sharapova. However, Li retired in 2014 and Sharapova is still in her 15 month suspension for using a banned substance.
Serena Williams was also featured on the list but her earnings dropped from USD 8 million to USD 62,000 after the birth of her daughter.