Outside the field, especially during the lockdown, we've seen athletes active on Instagram. They've been chatting, discussing the future of sports and some have just been keeping connected with their fans.

One of the athletes who has been highly active also happens to Virat Kohli, India's ace batsman. India skipper Virat Kohli remains the only cricketer in the top10 list of highest-earning athletes on popular social media platform Instagram.

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"A stop-start is never a good feeling," said Kohli.IANS

Virat Kohli is the 6th highest-earning athlete on Instagram

The figures, which were collated by Attain during the lockdown period of March 12 to May 14, showed Kohli's name among the most recognised sports personalities around the globe. Virat Kohli finds himself at the sixth spot in this eye-watering list as he reportedly earned 379,294 pounds through his sponsored posts during the lockdown period.

He had shared just three posts on Instagram during this time and raked in 126,431 pounds per photo that he shared on his handle. He also happens to be the only Indian on the list with some of the world's best athletes like Neymar, Messi, Shaquille O'Neal and David Beckham.

Virat Kohli

Juventus and Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo tops the chart with an estimated earning of 1.8 million pounds through his posts on Instagram. Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi and Paris St. Germain forward Neymar completed the top three with earnings of 1.2 million and 1.1 million respectively.

Basketball great Shaquille O'Neal earned 583,628 pounds while former England footballer David Beckham took up the sixth spot in the list with reported earning of 405,359 pounds. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (184,413 pounds), Dwayne Wade (143,146), Dani Alves (133,694) and Anthony Joshua (121,500) complete the top 10 list of highest-earning athletes during the lockdown period worldwide.