New Delhi: Virat Kohli overtakes footballer Lionel Messi in the latest list of the world’s most valuable athletes released by Forbes and has captured the seventh position on the list. Earlier, Kohli was also at the top place in the Forbes fame rankings for Indian celebrities for 2016.
Currently, Kohli’s brand value is higher than football legend Lionel Messi, golf superstar Rory McIlroy, and Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry. Undoubtedly, Roger Federer has topped the list, while Kohli’s idol Cristiano Ronaldo features at the number four spot.
Last year, the Indian captain had beaten Bollywood stars like Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan to take the top place in the Forbes fame rankings for Indian celebrities for 2016. MS Dhoni and Sachin Tendulkar were the only other sportsmen in the top-ten that was dominated by Bollywood big shots.