Indian captain Virat Kohli is ranked seventh on the list of Forbes most valuable athletes in 2017. Football superstar Lionel Messi stands two places lower than Kohli.
Forbes calculated Kohli’s brand value at 14.5 million US dollars. He ahead of Messi by one million dollars difference. Tennis star Roger Federer tops the list with $37.2m while the other leading football player Cristiano Ronaldo is ranked fourth with $21.5m.
Forbes calculates the brand value of an athlete by excluding salaries and bonuses from their sport and all investment incomes and deducting the average income of the top 10 athletes in the same sport.
Before Kohli, ex-Indian skipper MS Dhoni was among the top 10 athletes till 2016. He was fifth in 2014 with $20m, a million less than 2013’s value. However, his brand value came down to $11m in 2016 from $21m in 2015.
Kohli was appointed Test captain in late 2014 after Dhoni’s retirement from the format. This year, the World Cup-winning captain handed over ODI and T20I captaincy as well to Kohli. The 28-year-old batsman has been a huge brand in cricket since then.
Forbes leading athletes in 2017:
1. Roger Federer: $37.2m
2. LeBron James: $33.4m
3. Usain Bolt: $27m
4. Cristiano Ronaldo: $21.5m
5. Phil Mickelson: $19.6m
6. Tiger Woods: $16.6m
7. Virat Kohli: $14.5m
8. Rory McIlroy: $13.6m
9. Lionel Messi: $13.5m
10. Steph Curry: $13.4m
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com