Forbes List: Kohli earns more than Hamilton, Salah and McGregor from endorsements

Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli earned $21 million from endorsements, as per the Forbes List, more than Liverpool superstar Mohamed Salah, four-time F1 champ Lewis Hamilton and MMA icon Conor McGregor.

To put his endorsement earnings into perspective, Virat Kohli earned more than four-time world champion and the world's leading F1 racer Lewis Hamilton ($10m).   -  Getty Images

India national men's cricket team captain, with a total earning of $25 million, was the only Indian among the top-100 of the world's highest earning athletes, as per the Forbes list released on Tuesday.

Kohli, 30, was ranked 100 in the list, a dip from his ranking of 83 a year earlier, and was also the only cricketer in the list. However, the Indian is ranked in the top-20 among the athletes earning the most from endorsements.

Out of Kohli's earnings of $25 million, endorsements amounted to $21 million — more than 80 per cent of the total. The Indian skipper, leading the team's World Cup 2019 campaign in England, is one of biggest faces of the sport in the country and endorses a wide range of brands including electronics, apparel and beverages.

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To put his endorsement earnings into perspective, Kohli earned more than four-time world champion and the world's leading F1 racer Lewis Hamilton ($10m).

The Indian has also earned more than Liverpool superstar and Egyptian icon Mohammed Salah ($9m), FIFA World Cup winning footballers Antoinne Griezmann ($4.5m) and Paul Pogba ($4m), and even former MMA champion Conor McGregor ($15m). The youngest athlete on the list, Kylian Mbappe, earned $4m from endorsements.

Athletes earning less than Kohli in endorsements

Tom Brady ($12m), Giannis Antetokounmpo ($19m), Dwight Howard ($3.5m), Kawhi Leonard ($5.5m), Mesut Ozil ($6.5m), Joel Embiid ($6.5m), Justin Rose ($14m), Carmelo Anthony ($6m), Blake Griffin ($7m), Sebastian Vettel ($300k), Damian Lillard ($13m), James Harden ($17m).


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