Virat Kohli (left) and Lionel Messi    IANS & Getty Images
Virat Kohli (left) and Lionel Messi IANS & Getty Images

There was a time when Sachin Tendulkar used to be richest Indian sportsperson. MS Dhoni, too, had been a contender for the same. Virat Kohli has followed their footsteps. According to Forbes, Kohli has gone past Argentina and FC Barcelona legend Lionel Messi as the most valuable athlete in the word according to Forbes. Messi, a five-time FIFA Ballon d or (FIFA Best Player of the Year) award winner, is one of the most successful and celebrated athletes in the world. Sachin Tendulkar praises Virat Kohli s attitude as India s strength

Kohli is the only cricketer who features in the top 10 list of Forbes as he in the seventh spot. The list is led by Roger Federer, followed by NBA player LeBron James and Usain Bolt. Kohli is now among these legends in the top 10 of the list which also includes the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Tiger Woods, Rory Mcilroy and many more. Virat Kohli captain in Daniel Vettori s all-time XI

Top 10 most valuable athletes

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