Major sporting events attract millions of viewers. There is no doubt that a lot of corporates in order to reach out to more customers, sponsor popular sporting events as well as sports persons participating in it. As a result, famous sports professionals earn a lot of money through lucrative endorsement contracts and match fees. In its 2017 list of 30 highest-earning Indian celebrities, Forbes listed several Indian sports stars who were able to get a rank in the list. Here is the list:
1. Virat Kohli
Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli is at the top position in this list. Be it brand endorsements or lucrative contracts, this Indian skipper knows how to make money and earn fame rightly. Seems like there’s nothing that could stop him. The 29-year-old Kohli earned a whopping amount of Rs 100.72 Crore making him 1st on the list.
Unsurprisingly, the Indian skipper was also the sole sportsperson from the country to feature among the world’s 100 highest paid athletes in the latest Forbes list topped by soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo.
2. Sachin Tendulkar
Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar was one of the highly-paid cricketers who topped the list for many years. But this time he is placed behind Virat Kohli i.e. at the 2nd position, with total earnings of Rs 82.5 Crore.
3. Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who retired from the longest format in 2014, is not much behind. Well, he is placed at the 3rd position with total earnings of Rs. 63.7 Crore.
4. P.V. Sindhu
The first Indian woman to win a silver medal at Olympics, P.V. Sindhu ranks 4th. This badminton sensation is the only female athlete that has made it into the list. Her earnings from endorsements and other promotional events are Rs 57.25 crore.
5. Ravichandran Ashwin
Surprisingly, Ravichandran Ashwin ranks 5th in the list. The 2016 ICC Cricketer of the Year has a total earning of Rs 36.47 crore.
Forbes has described Kohli as the “Indian cricket phenom”, and said the sports star has “for good reason” already drawn comparisons to all-time great Sachin Tendulkar. Hats off to the man!