Current cricketing sensation Virat Kohli is the lone sports icon from India, to be featured in the world's 100 highest paid athletes in the latest Forbes list. Other Indians should aim to follow suit as well, and carve a niche for themselves, and other less-popular sports in the list.
Forbes has released its 2017 list of highest paid athletes, with soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo and basketballer LeBron James topping the list.
Forbes say McGregor also earned $7 million from sponsorships which makes him the top paid fighter in the world. The list it topped by football legend Cristianio Ronaldo having a total pay of 93 million dollars. "Indian cricket phenom Virat Kohli has already drawn comparisons to all-time great Sachin Tendulkar, and for good reason".
However it will be a hard task breaking into the list's top three highest paid athletes, with Lionel Messi earning $80 million, LeBron James making $86.2 million and Cristiano Ronaldo a cool $93 million.
Lillard earned an estimated $38 million from June 1, 2016 to June 1, 2017, the time frame Forbes used to generate the list. Fifteen NFL players made the list, led by Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, who ranked sixth overall with an income of $50 million.
Serena Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam victor, was the lone woman on the list with an estimated income of US$27 million ― US$19 million of which came from endorsements ― to place her 51st overall. The golf star was arrested after he was found asleep behind the wheel of his vehicle due to his medication.
The 28-year-old was then the main attraction at UFC 205 in Madison Square Garden as he created history by becoming the first two-weight champion.
Americans dominate the top 100 with 63 athletes thanks to the sky-high salaries in the NBA, NFL and Major League Baseball.
Forbes earnings figures include all salaries and bonuses earned between June 1, 2016 and June 1, 2017.