World’s 100 richest sportsperson: Dhoni richer than Rooney, Djokovic, Tendulkar


London:  Will you believe that the Indian cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni is richer than ‘Sprint King’ Usain Bolt, football star Wayne Rooney, tennis ace Novak Djokovic and teammate Sachin Tendulkar in the latest list of world’s 100 richest sportspersons.

According to the Forbes magazine, Dhoni is ranked 31st while Djokovic (62nd), Bolt (63rd) and Tendulkar (78th). 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 golf legend Tiger Woods, with $59.4 million, are second and third.

Of his total earnings of $26.5 million, Mahendra Singh 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 are more than 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 is $19 million, which is 4 million less than that of Dhoni.

Manchester United’s star striker Rooney is placed 37th with a total earnings of $24.3 million.

Maria Sharapova is the richest among women’s sportspersons at 26th with earnings of $27.9 million.

While Roger Federer is ranked fifth in the list, David Beckham (8th) and Cristiano Ronaldo (9th) are the two soccer stars who are in the top-10.

TOP 10 Richest Sportspersons with earnings: 1. Floyd Mayweather (Boxing) ($85 million) 2. Manny Pacquiao (Boxing) ($62 million) 3. Tiger Woods (Golf) ($59.4 million) 4. Lebron James (Basketball) ($53 million) 5. Roger Federer (Tennis) ($52.7 million) 6. Kobe Bryant (Basketball) ($52.3 million) 7. Phil Mickelson (Golf) ($47.8 million) 8. David Beckham (Soccer) ($46 million) 9. Cristiano Ronaldo (Soccer) ($42.5 million) 10. Peyton Manning (American Football) ($42.4 million)

Other Notable Names: 11. Lionel Messi (Soccer) ($39 million) 26. Maria Sharapova (Tennis) ($27.9 million) 31. Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Cricket) ($26.5 million) 37. Wayne Rooney (Soccer) ($24.3 million) 62. Novak Djokovic (Tennis) ($20.6 million) 63. Usain Bolt (Athletics) ($20.3 million) 78. Sachin Tendulkar (Cricket) ($18.6 million).


  1. while boxing, basketball, sprint run, foot ball, tennis, golf , car racing, baseball, etc earn almost double of our greatest cricket player dhoni (and if not tribble) and most of them will continue to earn for some more time. Tiger woods, an example, can dhoni imagine to maintain his form like him? he is wrongly and badly invested player who earned mainly by way of sponsors who has a great reason to grab indian market with the help of showing the face of players like dhoni, sachin of india. As cricket is the main game in india and people of india feel as if, cricket is an international game (though a few common wealth teams take part in cricket barring a few countries have been participating in such game), and claimed INDIA IS WORLD CHANMPION. It is a great shame to a country like India where no other players in any other games receive a poor payment. SHAME ,, SHAME promoters, should think positive for indian sport which include football, hockey, tennis, wrstling, badminton, archery and so on and not only in cricket. What dhoni earned to day will not get in the next session once he looses his captaincy