The list has reported that Kohli earned an estimated amount of United States dollars 25 million in the last 12 months.
Sox teammate J.D Martinez also made Forbes' list this year: he was ranked No. 94, earning $25.6 million.
Messi has dethroned retired boxer Floyd Mayweather as the sports world's highest earner, raking in Dollars 127 million via salary and endorsement deals. Behind Messi is longtime rival Cristiano Ronaldo (No. 2), who earned $109 million between his salary and endorsements.
Williams is also the first athlete to ever make Forbes' list of richest self-made women in America - tennis stars earn four times as much from endorsements and appearance fees as they do from prize money.
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Athletes from 10 sports made the top 100, with National Basketball Association stars leading the way.
But if other factors and competitions are considered (like the inaugural 2019 UEFA nations league), then, Mr Cristiano Ronaldo has just shot himself back into contention (top 3 now) for the ballon d'Or- why shouldn't he be there in the first place.
Former world number one Tiger Woods was 11th on the list with $69.3m, which included an estimated $54m in endorsements.
PSG and Brazil forward Neymar was third on $105m (£82.5m).
Virat Kohli is now leading his side in World Cup 2019 which is being held in England and Wales.
Tennis player Roger Federer was the fifth highest-earner on $93.4m.