Virat, the only Indian in Forbes List of Richest Athletes

Virat, the only Indian in Forbes List of Richest Athletes

The earnings figures include salaries, prize money and bonuses earned between June 2016 and June 2017.

It's insane to think it possible but after just four years in the world of MMA's top flight, one man was able to nearly single-handedly drag his sport into the public eye like never before.

McGregor joined Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry as the biggest movers on the list as both rose 61 spots from the previous years. According to the magazine, McGregor has raked in $27 million in winning salary and $7 million in endorsements, bringing his total to $34 million.

Cristiano Ronaldo became the highest-paid athlete in the world with a total of $93 million in his kitty.

The list has been topped by Real Madrid's Champions League-winning hero Ronaldo with a total income of Dollars 93 million.

Last year Kohli made almost $1 million in salary and match fees from his national team play, an another $2.3 million from the IPL team Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Basketball icon LeBron James is Ronaldo's nearest challenger with total earnings of $86.2m, the Cleveland Cavaliers point guard's income seeing him claim £20m more in endorsements than the Portugal worldwide. Argentine footballer Lionel Messi came third ($80 million or Rs 514 crores), with tennis star Roger Federer on fourth (Rs 411 crores). Kohli's net worth in 2017 is now estimated at $22 million (₹141.3 crore) making him the highest paid athlete in the country and the highest paid Indian cricketer in the world.

The closest combat star to him is Alvarez in 43rd place with the Mexican earning $28.5 million in 2016. In 2015, Mayweather blew away the competition with earnings of $300 million, and that year Manny Pacquiao had the number two position with $160 million in earnings.

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