28-year-old Virat Kohli has a lot of things going his way, not only on the field but off it as well.
To add to the stalwart’s collection of achievements, Kohli has surpassed Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi and NBA basketball prodigy, Stephen Curry, in the Forbes list of world’s most valuable athletes. This year’s standings of the right-hand batsman is at a staggering $14.5 million, close to 94 crores.
The list was released on Wednesday and Kohli sits comfortably on the 7th position. The brand value of athletes is their earnings (excluding salary and bonus from their sport and all investment income), minus the average income of the top 10 athletes in the same sport. Brand Kohli is even ahead of golfer Rory McIlroy’s.
The Indian skipper recently scored his 31st ODI ton against New Zealand, surpassing Ricky Ponting’s record, making him the second-highest ton scorer in ODIs, after master blaster, Sachin Tendulkar. Skipper He ranks 6th in test, 2nd in ODI and 1st in T20 rankings.
Kohli’s brand value is touching the roof these days thanks to his remarkable success especially in the last one year after taking over from former Captain Cool, Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
According to a 2016 report published by Duff & Phelps, Kohli is valued at $92 million, a whopping Rs 595 crores. He is quickly catching up with superstar Shah Rukh Khan, whose brand value is $131 million.
Swiss tennis star, Roger Federer, topped the Forbes list of world’s most valuable athletes with a brand value of $37.2 million followed by NBA basketball player, Lebron James at $33.4 million. Usain Bolt and Cristiano Ronaldo were positioned at 3rd and 4th postions respectively at $27m and $21.5m. Estranged golfer, Tiger Woods ranked on the 5th position at $16.6 million.