Team India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has pipped the likes of Usain Bolt,Novak Djokovic and team mate Sachin Tendulkar in the latest list of worlds 100 richest sportspersons,released by the 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 a total earnings of $85 million while Fillipino pugilist Manny Pacquiao,with earnings of $62 million,and Tiger Woods,with $59.4 million,are second and third. Of his total earnings of 26.5 million,Dhoni earns $23 million through endorsements. Tendulkar has earned $18.6 million with 16.5 m from endorsements.
In more demand than Messi
Interestingly,the Indian captains earnings through endorsements is more than the worlds most popular footballer Lionel Messi. Although Messi is 11th in the list with total earnings of $39 million his earnings from endorsements is$19 million,which is 4 million less than that of Dhoni.
Manchester Uniteds star striker Rooney is placed 37th with a total earnings of $24.3 million. Djokovic from Serbia,winner of six Grand Slams 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 womens sportspersons at 26th with earnings of $27.9 million.