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With Rs 252.72 crore in annual earnings, India's ace cricketer Virat Kohli has become the first sportsman to gain the top spot in the Forbes India list since its inception. His estimated earnings -- of Rs 252.72 crore -- constitutes 6.57 per cent of the total earnings -- Rs 3,842.94 crore -- of the top 100 celebrities for the year. (Image: Instagram)

World's Highest-Paid Athletes 2019: Virat Kohli Sole Indian in Forbes List

Indian skipper Virat Kohli has become the sole Indian athlete to be in the Forbes 2019 list of world's highest-paid athletes. Incidentally, according to Forbes, the cutoff to crack the world’s 100 highest-paid athletes was $25 million this year, compared with $17.3 million five years ago. While Virat Kohli, who was ranked 83rd on last year's list slipped down to the 100th spot, this is also the first year that footballers have clinched the top three spots since Forbes began tracking athlete earnings in 1990.