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Virat Kohli: Forbes names India captain highest-paid cricketer

10 June 2018

Forbes has released its list of the top 100 highest-paid athletes in 2017, but for the first time since 2010, not a single female made the cut.

Kohli is No.83 on this year's list with estimated earnings of $24 million, of which $20m is estimated to come from endorsements and the remaining $4m from his salary. He should be a regular on this list for the upcoming years, with the fact that he has become eligible for the 35% Supermax extension in the summer of 2019.

Floyd Mayweather, Cristiano Ronaldo and Tiger Woods - at number 16 this year - are the only three athletes to top the best-paid list over the past 18 years.

There were four Boston-based athletes on the list, led by Irving at $36.1 million. Basketball players in particular make money from both sports and the products they endorse.

Forbes said tennis players Li Na, Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams used to be list regulars until Li retired in 2014, Sharapova was suspended for the use of a banned substance, and Williams' worth dropped from $8 million to $62,000 this year after giving birth. Endorsement incomes are an estimate of sponsorship deals, appearance fees and licensing income for the 12 months through June 1 based on conversations with dozens of industry insiders.

Rounding out the top 10 were footballer Neymar, basketball star LeBron James, tennis ace Roger Federer, basketball player Stephen Curry and American footballers Matt Ryan and Matthew Stafford.

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However, female athletes notably failed to break into the top 100 for the first time since Forbes began publishing its ranking.

Messi's annual salary and bonus exceeded $80 million, making him the highest-paid player on the pitch this year.

Kurt Badenhausen, Forbes' senior editor, told CNN Sport that on endorsements alone Williams would be ranked in the top 10. Close on the heels of Messi is another football legend, Cristiano Ronaldo. The 100 top-paid athletes - coming from 23 different countries with an average age of 31 - earned a collective $3.8 billion over the past year, with 65 of those athletes hailing from the United States.

View the full list on Forbes.

In the top 100 list the National Football League had 18 athletes, 14 were baseball players and nine were footballers.

Virat Kohli: Forbes names India captain highest-paid cricketer