05 Jun

India captain Virat Kohli emerged as the only cricketer in the world’s top-10 list of highest-earning athletes through sponsored Instagram posts during the coronavirus lockdown, according to a report.

The cricket superstar was sixth on the list, the figures for which were collected by ‘Attain’ during the period between March 12 and May 14, when the world literally shut down to stem the growth of the pandemic.

According to the list, Kohli earned a total of £379,294 through his sponsored posts, earning £126,431 per post. With 59 million followers Kohli was 12th on the list of the highest earners during lockdown according to the Stoke-on-Trent based digital insights company.

Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo tops the list with estimated earnings of £1.8 million while Argentina and FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi and PSG’s Neymar were second and third with earnings of £1.2 million and £1.1 million respectively.

Basketball great Shaquille O’Neal and (£583,628) former England football captain David Beckham (£405,359) wrap up the top five.

Swedish footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic (£184,413), ex NBA star Dwayne Wade (£143,146), Brazillian footballer Dani Alves (£133,694) and boxer Anthony Joshua (£121,500) complete the top-10 list of highest earning athletes during the lockdown period worldwide.

John Stephenson


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