August 19, 2018

Virat Kohli ranks 83rd in Forbes list of highest-paid athletes 2018

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Indian cricket team captain is No.83 on this year's list with estimated earnings of US$24m (approx AU$31.4m), of which $20m is estimated to come from endorsements and the remaining $4m from his salary.

Earlier this year the Indian national cricket board named Kohli as one of the five players to receive the new contract which guarantees an annual retainer of more than $1 million.

However, the list is a glaring reminder about the lack of women athletes, which only serves to underscore the very big gender wage gap in sports.

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No women managed to crack the top 100 after the previous sole entrant, Serena Williams, dropped out of the chart having taken time off the court to have a baby.

Of his United States dollars 24m earnings, 20m are estimated to be from endorsements, while the remaining 4m come from his salary.

Boxer Floyd Mayweather (left) reclaims the title of richest athlete in a list that also includes sports superstars (from left) LeBron James, Lionel Messi and Roger Federer.

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In comparison, Charlotte Hornets basketball player Nicolas Batum tails 2018's top 100 list with $22.9 million in total income, meaning that there's at least a $10 million gap between him and Patrick, 2017's second-highest-paid woman in sports.

The Forbes list factored in prize cash, salaries and bonuses earned between June 1, 2017 and this past June 1.

The latest Forbes top 100 highest-paid athletes listhas been released and there's a change at the very top.

FC Barcelona soccer star Lionel Messi ranked second on the list at $111 million. Close on the heels of Messi is another football legend, Cristiano Ronaldo.

The top 100 athletes earned a total of $3.8bn, up 23% from past year.

You can see the full list here. American Football was the next most-represented sport with 18 players, followed by baseball with 14 and football with nine.

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