Team India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has pipped the likes of ‘Sprint King’ Usain Bolt, tennis ace Novak Djokovic and teammate Sachin Tendulkar in the latest list of the world’s 100 richest sportspersons, released by Forbes magazine.
According to the list, Dhoni is ranked 31st, which is way ahead of Djokovic (62nd), Bolt (63rd) and Tendulkar (78th). Star footballers Wayne Rooney and Fernando Torres are also behind Dhoni in the latest list.
Boxing champion Floyd Mayweather topped the list with total earnings of $85 million while Filipino pugilist Manny Pacquiao, with earnings of $62 million, and golf legend Tiger Woods, with $59.4 million, are second and third, respectively.
Of his total earnings of $26.5 million, Dhoni earned $23 million through endorsements while Tendulkar earned $18.6 million, with $16.5 million from endorsements. Interestingly, the Indian captain’s earnings through endorsements are morethan the world’s most popular footballer, Lionel Messi. Although Messi is 11th in the list with total earnings of $39 million – his earnings from endorsements are $19 million, which is $4 million less than that of Dhoni. Manchester United’s star striker Rooney is placed 37th with total earnings of $24.3 million. Djokovic, winner of six Grand Slam singles titles, is 62nd with $20.6 million while Olympic 100m champion Usain Bolt is 63rd with total earnings of $20.3 million. Maria Sharapova is the richest among women sports persons at 26th, with earnings of $27.9 million. Roger Federer is ranked fifth, David Beckham eighth and Cristiano Ronaldo ninth.