Virat Kohli has reached 150 million followers on Instagram.© AFP
Indian skipper Virat Kohli has multiple cricket records to his name and is currently one of the best players in the world of cricket. Also off the field, Kohli is a super-popular figure and has a fan base few athletes can match. On Friday, the flamboyant batsman, who is known for his aggression on the pitch, became the first Indian cricketer to reach 150 million followers on Instagram. He is also the first Indian celebrity to reach this milestone making him the most popular person in the country on the photo and video sharing platform.
When it comes to global appeal, however, Kohli ranks fourth in the sporting world, behind Portuguese great Cristiano Ronaldo, Argentine forward Lionel Messi and Brazilian striker Neymar Jr.
Starting his second stint at Premier League giant Manchester United, Ronaldo is the undisputed king of Instagram with over 337 million followers. Second on the list is Paris Saint-Germain’s new superstar, Messi, who has 260 million followers.
Charismatic PSG striker Neymar has 160 million followers on Instagram.
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli is also one of the highest paid cricketers in the world. The 32-year-old will be paid Rs 7 crore by the Board of Control of Cricket of India (BCCI) as he is placed in the A category of their central contract. Apart from him, Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah fall into this category.
Kohli is currently in England for the ongoing five-match test series between the two countries.
The red ball series is currently at 1-1 as both India and England have won one match each while the tournament opener ended in a draw.
The fourth test match of the series is currently underway at The Oval.
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