Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli has been ranked 7th in the Forbes list of top 10 most valuable athlete brands, eclipsing FC Barcelona and Argentine talisman Lionel Messi.

Virat is on the go towards fame and success, ever since he took over Dhoni for captainship of the Indian cricket team. 28-year-old Virat has proved his talent with remarkable batting consistency and unmatchable leadership in all three formats of cricket games. Back to back outstanding performances from the blue team under the leadership tactics of Kohli, has helped India in becoming the strongest cricket team at international level. From showcasing the Indian team as an aggressive cricket brand to boosting the fitness and performance level of each individual team member, Kohli has stamped over all other cricketers so far.

Kohli’s talent has not only gained fame and popularity in India, but also helped him in gaining recognition on global level. So much that he has been listed in the Forbes list of top 10 most valuable athlete brands. The brand value is extracted on the basis of athlete’s earnings – excluding and bonuses received from their sport and all investment incomes, minus the average income of the top 10 athletes in the same sport. After so much of screening, Kohli’s brand value was $14.5 million, which is higher than the ace football legend Lionel Messi, golf superstar Rory Mcllory and Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry – who stood on 8th, 9th and 10th ranks respectively.

Here’s the list of 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. Stephen Curry $13.4m

Within two years, Kohli’s popularity has soared by 20-25% and he is quickly catching up to Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who has been valued at $131 million. Kohli has also become one of the most paid athletes in India and he is continuously growing up with is unmatched whitewashing performances. Applaudissements.