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 world’s 100 richest sports persons, 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 total earnings of $85 million while Fillipino pugilist Manny Pacquiao, with earnings of $62 million, and golf legend Tiger Woods, with $59.4 million, are second and third.
Of his total earnings of 26.5 million, Dhoni earns 23 m through endorsements. Tendulkar has earned $18.6 million with 16.5 m from endorsements.
Interestingly, the Indian captain’s earnings through endorsements is more than the world’s most popular footballer Lionel Messi (11th) whose total earnings is $39 million but his earnings from endorsements is $19 million, which is 4 million less than that of Dhoni.