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Virat Kohli only Indian in Forbes' list of highest-paid athletes. Here's who made it to top 10

Updated : 2019-06-12 13:32:05

Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli is the sole Indian athlete to be among the 100 highest-paid athletes in the world. Ranked 83rd on last year's list, Kohli has climbed down to the 100th spot despite an increase of $1 million in endorsements. Messi dethroned retired boxer Floyd Mayweather as the sports world's highest earner, earning an estimate of $127 million via salary and endorsement deals. He is now ahead of long-time rival Cristiano Ronaldo. Here is the list of top 10 highest-paid athletes.

#1: Barcelona and Argentina football superstar Lionel Messi dethroned retired boxer Floyd Mayweather as the sports world's highest earner, with an estimate earning of $127 million via salary and endorsement deals. He received $92 million as salary in the last 12 months and $35 million from endorsements. (AP photo)
#1: Barcelona and Argentina football superstar Lionel Messi dethroned retired boxer Floyd Mayweather as the sports world's highest earner, with an estimate earning of $127 million via salary and endorsement deals. He received $92 million as salary in the last 12 months and $35 million from endorsements. (AP photo)
#2: The 34-year-old Portugal football captain Cristiano Ronaldo earns an estimate of $109 million, according to Forbes. In the last year, he earned $65 million through salary and $44 million through endorsements. (AP)
#2: The 34-year-old Portugal football captain Cristiano Ronaldo earns an estimate of $109 million, according to Forbes. In the last year, he earned $65 million through salary and $44 million through endorsements. (AP)
#3: Brazil football player Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, who also plays as a forward for French club Paris Saint-Germain, earns an estimate of $105 million. According to Forbes, he earns $75 million through salary and $44 million through endorsements.  (AP)
#3: Brazil football player Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, who also plays as a forward for French club Paris Saint-Germain, earns an estimate of $105 million. According to Forbes, he earns $75 million through salary and $44 million through endorsements.  (AP)
#4: Mexican boxing star Canelo Alvarez aka Santos Saúl Álvarez Barragán, according to Forbes, earned an estimate of $94 million in the last year, earning $92 million in salary and $2 million in endorsements. (Image: Reuters/USA TODAY)
#4: Mexican boxing star Canelo Alvarez aka Santos Saúl Álvarez Barragán, according to Forbes, earned an estimate of $94 million in the last year, earning $92 million in salary and $2 million in endorsements. (Image: Reuters/USA TODAY)
#5: Lawn tennis star Roger Federer of Switzerland earned $93.4 million in the last year, with a major chunk of his earnings i.e $ 86 million coming from endorsements. He earned a salary of $7.4 million in the last 12 months, Forbes said. (Image: Reuters)
#5: Lawn tennis star Roger Federer of Switzerland earned $93.4 million in the last year, with a major chunk of his earnings i.e $ 86 million coming from endorsements. He earned a salary of $7.4 million in the last 12 months, Forbes said. (Image: Reuters)
#6: Seattle Seahawks US football quarterback Russell Wilson (3) earned an estimate of $89.5 million in the last 12 months. He earned $80.5 million as salary and  $9 million via endorsements. (Image: Reuters/USA TODAY)
#6: Seattle Seahawks US football quarterback Russell Wilson (3) earned an estimate of $89.5 million in the last 12 months. He earned $80.5 million as salary and  $9 million via endorsements. (Image: Reuters/USA TODAY)
#7:  Green Bay Packers US football quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) earned an estimate of $89.3 million in the last 12 months, receiving $80.3 million as salary and $9 million from endorsements. (Image: Reuters/USA TODAY)
#7:  Green Bay Packers US football quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) earned an estimate of $89.3 million in the last 12 months, receiving $80.3 million as salary and $9 million from endorsements. (Image: Reuters/USA TODAY)
#8: Los Angeles Lakers basketball player LeBron James earned an estimate of $89 million. He received a salary of  $36 million and $53 million from endorsements. (Image: Reuters/USA TODAY)
#8: Los Angeles Lakers basketball player LeBron James earned an estimate of $89 million. He received a salary of  $36 million and $53 million from endorsements. (Image: Reuters/USA TODAY)
#9: Golden State Warriors Basketball player (guard) Stephen Curry (30) earned an estimate of $79.8 million in the last 12 months, by receiving $37.8 million as salary and  $42 million from endorsements, according to Forbes. (Image: Reuters/USA TODAY)
#9: Golden State Warriors Basketball player (guard) Stephen Curry (30) earned an estimate of $79.8 million in the last 12 months, by receiving $37.8 million as salary and  $42 million from endorsements, according to Forbes. (Image: Reuters/USA TODAY)
#10: Golden State Warriors basketball player (forward) Kevin Durant (35) earned an estimate of $65.4 million in the last 12 months, by receiving $30.4 million as salary and  $35 million from endorsements, according to Forbes. (Image: Reuters/USA TODAY)
#10: Golden State Warriors basketball player (forward) Kevin Durant (35) earned an estimate of $65.4 million in the last 12 months, by receiving $30.4 million as salary and  $35 million from endorsements, according to Forbes. (Image: Reuters/USA TODAY)
#100: Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli is the 100th highest-paid athlete, according to Forbes. He is the only Indian to make it to the 2019 list. Kohli's estimated earnings are $21 million from endorsements and $4 million from salary and winnings, taking his total tally to $25 million for the last 12 months. (AP Photo)
#100: Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli is the 100th highest-paid athlete, according to Forbes. He is the only Indian to make it to the 2019 list. Kohli's estimated earnings are $21 million from endorsements and $4 million from salary and winnings, taking his total tally to $25 million for the last 12 months. (AP Photo)
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