1. India cricket captain Virat Kohli has once again become the sole Indian in the Forbes 2019 list of world’s highest-paid athletes, ranked 100th in the table.
2. According to the Forbes list, Kohli estimated earnings is USD 21m from endorsements and USD 4m from salary and winnings, taking his total tally to USD25m for the last 12 months.
3. Meanwhile, Lionel Messi has led the Forbes list of world's highest-paid athletes for the first time, having unseated retired boxer Floyd Mayweather as the sports world’s highest earner, raking in USD 127 million via salary and endorsement deals.
4. Notably, it is the first time that footballers have clinched the top three spots since Forbes began tracking athlete earnings in 1990.