Mahendra Singh Dhoni, captain of India’s national cricket team, was chosen as the only Indian and cricketer on the Forbes ‘Highest-Paid Athletes’ List 2014. According to the reported data, Dhoni is ranked No. 22 (out of 100) with total earnings of $30 million, about Rs. 177 crore.
Breaking down how he earned the big bucks, Dhoni’s endorsements are worth $26 million, about Rs. 153 crore. As of June 2014, his salary and earnings totalled about $4 million, or Rs. 23.6 crore.
Dhoni is now also the highest individual taxpayer in the Bihar region, having paid 20 crore income tax in 2013-2014. According to The Hindustan Times, Dhoni’s brand value has dramatically increased nearly 60 percent in the past four months. Altogether, Dhoni is endorsing 21 different brands, including Spartan Sports.
Dhoni led the Indian national to team a solid victory in the 2013 ICC Championship, becoming the first national captain to win all three ICC trophies. At the club level, Dhoni’s skills led the IPL’s Chennai Super Kings to back-to-back titles in 2010 and 2011.
Dhoni’s presence on the list has more of an impact that most would initially understand. Forbes is clearly an internationally reputable source when it comes to these types of lists. When an Indian athlete makes the list, especially so high up, it acts as a gentle reminder that India too is a force to reckon with in the world of sports.
American boxer Floyd Mayweather tops the list, which also includes stars like Tiger Woods, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Other athletes in the top 100 include tennis player Maria Sharapova (34), Jamaican runner Usain Bolt (45), and Formula One racing driver Sebastian Vettel (83).