India news June 12, 2014

Dhoni only cricketer on Forbes' high-earners' list

ESPNcricinfo staff
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MS Dhoni, the India captain, is the only cricketer on the list of 100 highest-paid athletes in the world. He is also, obviously, the only Indian on the list. At 22, he has fallen six places from the list released in 2013, although it is still better than his 31st rank in 2012. He still ended up making more money than the likes of Wayne Rooney, Usain Bolt and basketball player Dwayne Wade. Dhoni's total earnings, according to the magazine, have come down from US$31.5 million in 2013 to $30 million.

The most striking part of Dhoni's presence in this list is the money he has made through endorsements. According to Forbes, $26 million of his earnings have come through endorsements. Only seven athletes have made more endorsement money in the period of July 2013 to May 2014. Roger Federer - with $52 million made through endorsements and only $4.5 million through salary and winnings - and Bolt - with $23 million in endorsements and $300,000 in winnings - lead those with a stark endorsement-to-earnings ratio.

Stunningly, boxer Floyd Mayweather earned the most in the qualifying period - $105 million - without any endorsements. He has risen from No. 14 to No. 1 this year. Footballers Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi follow Mayweather at the top, sandwiching basketball player LeBron James at No. 3. Tiger Woods has gone down from No. 1 to 6, and Federer from 2 to 7.

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  • fguy on June 16, 2014, 10:03 GMT

    @Arun Bose bravo sir. very well elucidated & logical replies to blind haters. otoh everyone lauds a ponting who's personal batting & captaincy record in India is poor. they talk about aus wins in SA in conditions similar to home. but when Ind wins in SL they say oh thats only in SC.

  • pritamdas_circ on June 16, 2014, 3:47 GMT

    All the best MSD for upcoming England tour. We trust you and your squad !!

  • pritamdas_circ on June 16, 2014, 3:29 GMT

    Dhoni is a perfect individual and a captain he has a glorious career as a leader of Indian team. I only wish he paid a little more attention to his own batting and batted at number 5 permanently, when he debuted he was THE batsman to look for in future bit I was captaincy has made him ignore his own batting, We would love to see you hit a few more hundreds Dhoni, you know you can, man!

    Coming to his personal wealth, well with the cap of Indian Team, comes MONEY!! ;)

  • thinkgood on June 14, 2014, 18:09 GMT

    Dhoni is a genuine sportsman of international career. No hype no smoke or dust around him. A simple guy who has made the cut. Proud of having him as our captain.

  • on June 14, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    still lost test series to NZ tho...

  • on June 14, 2014, 6:59 GMT

    Dhoni is the best cricketer in the world at the moment. He is not the best wicket keeper not the best batsman. But he is the best cricketer. Without him India wont win as many matches it has been winning. He is possibly the greatest captain (no, i dont mean he won lot of matches and series).

    For me Dhoni is PURE cricketer.

  • on June 14, 2014, 6:47 GMT

    @MrOMFS- India has won in Sydney, Adelaide and Perth in previous series..2008, 2004.. But the crushing defeat of 4-0 that australia endured when they last toured India was Australia's biggest test series loss in 40 years! Clarke was picked up Sir Jadeja total five times in that series! What a crushing defeat that was..

  • MrOMFS on June 14, 2014, 1:41 GMT

    @Arun Bose. Well talking of dominance.... India has never, and I repeat has never won in Australia!! Now that's true dominance!

  • on June 13, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    Why shouldn't Dhoni earn more than Rooney? What has Rooney ever won with England....

  • Prodger on June 13, 2014, 18:00 GMT

    Pretty good earnings for an average wicketkeeper, how much would the sublimely talented R.W.Taylor have been worth?

  • fguy on June 16, 2014, 10:03 GMT

    @Arun Bose bravo sir. very well elucidated & logical replies to blind haters. otoh everyone lauds a ponting who's personal batting & captaincy record in India is poor. they talk about aus wins in SA in conditions similar to home. but when Ind wins in SL they say oh thats only in SC.

  • pritamdas_circ on June 16, 2014, 3:47 GMT

    All the best MSD for upcoming England tour. We trust you and your squad !!

  • pritamdas_circ on June 16, 2014, 3:29 GMT

    Dhoni is a perfect individual and a captain he has a glorious career as a leader of Indian team. I only wish he paid a little more attention to his own batting and batted at number 5 permanently, when he debuted he was THE batsman to look for in future bit I was captaincy has made him ignore his own batting, We would love to see you hit a few more hundreds Dhoni, you know you can, man!

    Coming to his personal wealth, well with the cap of Indian Team, comes MONEY!! ;)

  • thinkgood on June 14, 2014, 18:09 GMT

    Dhoni is a genuine sportsman of international career. No hype no smoke or dust around him. A simple guy who has made the cut. Proud of having him as our captain.

  • on June 14, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    still lost test series to NZ tho...

  • on June 14, 2014, 6:59 GMT

    Dhoni is the best cricketer in the world at the moment. He is not the best wicket keeper not the best batsman. But he is the best cricketer. Without him India wont win as many matches it has been winning. He is possibly the greatest captain (no, i dont mean he won lot of matches and series).

    For me Dhoni is PURE cricketer.

  • on June 14, 2014, 6:47 GMT

    @MrOMFS- India has won in Sydney, Adelaide and Perth in previous series..2008, 2004.. But the crushing defeat of 4-0 that australia endured when they last toured India was Australia's biggest test series loss in 40 years! Clarke was picked up Sir Jadeja total five times in that series! What a crushing defeat that was..

  • MrOMFS on June 14, 2014, 1:41 GMT

    @Arun Bose. Well talking of dominance.... India has never, and I repeat has never won in Australia!! Now that's true dominance!

  • on June 13, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    Why shouldn't Dhoni earn more than Rooney? What has Rooney ever won with England....

  • Prodger on June 13, 2014, 18:00 GMT

    Pretty good earnings for an average wicketkeeper, how much would the sublimely talented R.W.Taylor have been worth?

  • on June 13, 2014, 17:30 GMT

    Dhoni no doubt one of the best

  • ladycricfan on June 13, 2014, 11:16 GMT

    Dhoni won Asia cup in 2010 in Srilanka. India won all three matches against SL, Bang and Pakisthan in the early round and then beat SL in the finals. Dhoni's aggregate runs was the fourth highest after Afridhi, Gambhir and Sangakkara. Dhoni's batting average was 57.66 in that tournament.

  • on June 13, 2014, 11:14 GMT

    @British_North_america- He won the asia cup in 2010.. Beating SL in SL in the final..

  • on June 13, 2014, 11:11 GMT

    @Mike_Tyson-Under his captaincy India won the odi and test series in new zealand in 2009. Remembr that or you forgot that intentionally? I agree his batting is not that good outside but he's not the lone batter in the team, he's a wicketkeeper batsman not a specialist and come to bat at no.5 & 6 in all the three formats but still averages above 40 in tests and above 50 in odis.. Ricky Ponting's record in sub-continent is very poor but nobody wanna discuss that..why? Bcz he's an aussie..Ponting was a specialist batter came to bat at no.3.. Don't single out an Indian player always..learn to like not to hate..He has a chance to improve his away record in the upcoming tour of England and mark my words, He's gonna turn it around this time.. Aus won in SA but not in India..We drubbed them 4-0 the last time they toured India.. England won in India but after 28 years..For 28 years they cudn't win a series in India..That's dominance..

  • concerned_cricketer on June 13, 2014, 11:10 GMT

    As cricket enthusiasts, why are we so interested or bothered by the money he gets paid or the rich lists he gets onto. Sit back and enjoy his performances. For someone who did not come into cricket belssed with the style and elegance of Dravid or Laxman or Tendulkar or Manjrekar it is remarkable what all he has achieved with the bat. I am blessed with a good memory so I remember many of his innings especially the crucial ones where he either won it for India or saved the game for India. Also very often it is a pleasure to hear him speak and view the game from the point of view of someone in the centre of the action. Excellent son India has produced there.

  • Assasinator_007 on June 13, 2014, 10:16 GMT

    @ Posted by British_North_America on (June 13, 2014, 7:59 GMT)

    He has got better trophies than Asia Cup like T/20, World Cup2011, Champions Trophy 2013, No 1 Test Ranking, No 1 ODI ranking...

  • Mike_Tyson on June 13, 2014, 10:15 GMT

    @Arun Bose, easy there, my post had nothing to do with Dhoni being indian. I think he is a decent cricketer, very good one dayer, wouldn't say the best gloveman and yes his test record outside the SC is poor. I agree most teams are stronger at home ut didn't Aus just win a test series against SA in SA? Diidn't Eng win in India?

    India haven't come close to winning a terst series away for a few years now, you can't diregard that fact. If Dhoni was so great, why does he not give up the test captaincy as he has been found wanting time and time again abroad. He is a poor batsman away from home (Tests). When was his last decent innings away?

    Him being the highest paid cricketer has nothing to do with him being a "great cricketer". Even average players are making a lot of money in the IPL.

    Now Ganguly was a great captain for India away from home, he made India into a team that could win abroad, Dhoni hasn't come close whether you like it or not.

  • marmao on June 13, 2014, 8:38 GMT

    And it amazes me how humble he is. Shows in every single post match interview or on stage. I cannot see a difference in his behaviour since he has emerged on the international scene. I wish I could be 2% as successful as he is (not necessarily in money terms) and hold my feet firmly on the ground!!

    A role model to many youngsters around the cricket world for how to behave

  • British_North_America on June 13, 2014, 7:59 GMT

    Has Dhoni ever won Asia Cup?

  • SoyQuearns on June 13, 2014, 1:11 GMT

    Great stuff Dhoni. He's the best ODI finisher of his generation (even better than Hussey and Bevan before him). An amazing t20 player (again, a better finisher does not exist). An excellent keeper.

    BUT - he needs more away wins in Tests and a higher average than 38 with the bat. He's better than that.

    Sad to see people on here having a go at Dhoni. Test cricket, whilst still the pinnacle of the sport (and rightly so, the skills and patience and application required dwarf those required in ODI and T20I), is but one of three almost equal parts these days.

    Furthermore - he's a great man and is from the most cricket mad and one of the most populous nations on Earth. He has every right to be on this list, a better ambassador for the game does not exist.

  • kc69 on June 12, 2014, 22:51 GMT

    Dhoni replaced Sachin and now in future Virat will replace Dhoni as one of the richest cricketers in world.

  • OhhhhhMattyMatty on June 12, 2014, 22:05 GMT

    Where is Ravi Bopara or Ryan ten Doeschate?

  • gandabhai on June 12, 2014, 19:15 GMT

    Big companies want to pay millions to him because he has the X factor. You either have it , or you don't. RESPECT big man.

  • lesterloyd on June 12, 2014, 19:06 GMT

    One of the Best Player.. More people hate bcoz of his talents against their teams. It doesnt matter how many times he failed..matters is how many he achieved. Best wishes from Sri Lanka to achieve and earn more and more in his life, career.

  • ProdigyA on June 12, 2014, 18:49 GMT

    He gets paid in Indian rupees but still managed to be in that list...that's quite an achievement.

  • ladycricfan on June 12, 2014, 17:32 GMT

    Dhoni has many trophies outside Asia. Dhoni's first ever trophy as captain was WC T20 2007. It was held in SOUTH AFRICA.. CSK won the Champions league in SA as well. Then last year India won the thrilling champions trophy finals against England in ENGLAND. The Indian test team performed very well in SA and NZ considering how young they were. You can't say Dhoni doesn't do well outside ASIA.

    Dhoni is yet to win an away test series against Eng, SA and Aus. Coming series against England is his best chance to correct that statistics.

    Dhoni is a good role model for the young indians. That's is why he attracts so many endorsements and becomes the highest paid cricketer in the world. Well done.

  • on June 12, 2014, 17:08 GMT

    @DizzD-Show me another captain who has won all the ICC titles and also made his team no.1 in all the three formats..If u want to say that test cricket played in India don't matter than test cricket matters nowhere cz India is a test playing nation just like AUS, ENG, SA etc. These teams fair poorly in India too, It's their away venue..So Dhoni's not the only captain with poor away record.. It doesn't matter if you wanna pay a dime or not to watch him play but we Indians love him and we have lots of money too and we are 1/6th of humanity(1.25 billion) so we would pay all the dimes we have to watch him play anywhere around the world... Learn to like not to hate.. We Indians love good cricket and good cricketers too nomatter which country they play for.. That's what a real cricket fan is all about..My fav spinner right now is Saeed Ajmal.. Even though I am from India, I love to watch this Pakistani magician of the ball bowl.. Even Indians haven't figured him out yet..Except Virat Kohli..

  • on June 12, 2014, 16:27 GMT

    @Mike_Tyson- Why do you think Dhoni's the only captain with poor away record..Except SA every other team has a poor away record in test cricket.. But no captain has yet achieved what Dhoni has..Every major ICC title..World cup, Wt20 cup, Champions trophy..No.1 test team from 2009-2011.. No.1 ODI team..No.1 t20 team.. 2 IPL trophies, 1 Champions league trophy.. What do you need more? He's a fantastic wicketkeeper..The best in the modern era(from 2010).. The best finisher in ODIs and t20.. Do you still need more? Only bcz he's an Indian and he's damn sucessful and the only cricketer in forbe's most paid athletes list is the reason to bash him on world forum? Pretty pathetic to say the least..Decent cricketer? He has more than 7500 runs in ODIs batting at no.5 and 6 all his international cricketing life.. More than 5000 test runs(Nomatter where they were scored, India is a test playing nation so test cricket is test cricket nomatter where) He commands respect everywhere..

  • DizzD on June 12, 2014, 16:22 GMT

    @nadeem1976. All the trophies but playing away trophy mate... horrendous record overseas. I wont pay a dime to watch him play outside Asia. Dunno abt u

  • Nampally on June 12, 2014, 15:38 GMT

    Cricketer was the worst paid athlete compared to those pros in Basketball, Ice Hockey, American Football, American baseball or European Soccer. Thanks to Mr. Modi for bringing in IPL to India which has created strong opportunity for the Cricketers to be rich. Dhoni being an astute politician has fully capitalized on his talents to be the only Cricketer amongst the Top 100 Athletes in the World listed by Forbes. That itself is a feat!Congratulations to Dhoni - meteorotic rise from Rags to Riches via Cricket. There is HOPE for other Cricketers to follow the suit.

  • Mike_Tyson on June 12, 2014, 15:18 GMT

    Decent cricketer, seems like a nice bloke. Poor test captain backed by a poor away record.

  • Nadeem1976 on June 12, 2014, 15:04 GMT

    by far the best cricketer on this planet. he has won all the trophies in cricket so he deserve it. Hope he become #1 in the list.

  • chechong0114 on June 12, 2014, 13:57 GMT

    He is the only cricketer on FORBES list, this is a sobering reality of how impoverished the sport is. I hope this serves as an example to those in charge to stop spending so much time and money on foolish things that have no significance and pay more attention to whats important and that is finding ways for the game to make some real MONEY.

  • Batmanian on June 12, 2014, 12:09 GMT

    Well done MS Dhoni. But remember, immortality lies in his Test record, which is pretty good, but could do with a few more away wins.

  • black_bird on June 12, 2014, 10:13 GMT

    Dhoni should be the #1 for his greate contribution in the entire world. Same for every indian players.

  • ladycricfan on June 12, 2014, 9:35 GMT

    Nevermind his earnings, isn't India blessed to have Dhoni the cricketer. The trophies he won would be any captain's dream. ODI WC, T20 WC, champions trophy, 2 IPL trophies, champions league, No 1 test ranking, No 1 ODI ranking, No 1 T20I ranking. Best indian wicket keeper batsman ever. The list is endless.

    This year, playing against young England, he will have a chance to beat England in the test series in England. All the best Dhoni and co.

  • on June 12, 2014, 9:31 GMT

    when they take off the salary cap imposed on ipl teams, a lot more will feature in the list, but that will create a big gap between rich teams and the not so rich ones, so the current system should continue for at least another 10 years with progressive increases in the salary limits.

  • on June 12, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    Dhoni is the only cricketer in the Forbes 100 list of highest paid athletes only because of the passion & love of Indian Cricket Fans. More power to Cricket in India!

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  • on June 12, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    Dhoni is the only cricketer in the Forbes 100 list of highest paid athletes only because of the passion & love of Indian Cricket Fans. More power to Cricket in India!

  • on June 12, 2014, 9:31 GMT

    when they take off the salary cap imposed on ipl teams, a lot more will feature in the list, but that will create a big gap between rich teams and the not so rich ones, so the current system should continue for at least another 10 years with progressive increases in the salary limits.

  • ladycricfan on June 12, 2014, 9:35 GMT

    Nevermind his earnings, isn't India blessed to have Dhoni the cricketer. The trophies he won would be any captain's dream. ODI WC, T20 WC, champions trophy, 2 IPL trophies, champions league, No 1 test ranking, No 1 ODI ranking, No 1 T20I ranking. Best indian wicket keeper batsman ever. The list is endless.

    This year, playing against young England, he will have a chance to beat England in the test series in England. All the best Dhoni and co.

  • black_bird on June 12, 2014, 10:13 GMT

    Dhoni should be the #1 for his greate contribution in the entire world. Same for every indian players.

  • Batmanian on June 12, 2014, 12:09 GMT

    Well done MS Dhoni. But remember, immortality lies in his Test record, which is pretty good, but could do with a few more away wins.

  • chechong0114 on June 12, 2014, 13:57 GMT

    He is the only cricketer on FORBES list, this is a sobering reality of how impoverished the sport is. I hope this serves as an example to those in charge to stop spending so much time and money on foolish things that have no significance and pay more attention to whats important and that is finding ways for the game to make some real MONEY.

  • Nadeem1976 on June 12, 2014, 15:04 GMT

    by far the best cricketer on this planet. he has won all the trophies in cricket so he deserve it. Hope he become #1 in the list.

  • Mike_Tyson on June 12, 2014, 15:18 GMT

    Decent cricketer, seems like a nice bloke. Poor test captain backed by a poor away record.

  • Nampally on June 12, 2014, 15:38 GMT

    Cricketer was the worst paid athlete compared to those pros in Basketball, Ice Hockey, American Football, American baseball or European Soccer. Thanks to Mr. Modi for bringing in IPL to India which has created strong opportunity for the Cricketers to be rich. Dhoni being an astute politician has fully capitalized on his talents to be the only Cricketer amongst the Top 100 Athletes in the World listed by Forbes. That itself is a feat!Congratulations to Dhoni - meteorotic rise from Rags to Riches via Cricket. There is HOPE for other Cricketers to follow the suit.

  • DizzD on June 12, 2014, 16:22 GMT

    @nadeem1976. All the trophies but playing away trophy mate... horrendous record overseas. I wont pay a dime to watch him play outside Asia. Dunno abt u