Dhoni in sporting rich-list

MS Dhoni Image copyright AP
Image caption Dhoni is India's most successful cricket captain

Indian cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been ranked 23rd in Forbes magazine's list of the world's highest-paid athletes.

Dhoni is the only Indian athlete on the magazine's annual sporting rich list.

The magazine reports that Dhoni earned US$31m dollars (£19.98m) in the past 12 months.

Boxer Floyd Mayweather earned US$300m (£194m) to top the list, and his rival Manny Pacquiao is in the second spot with $160m (£103.4m).

The third place went to Portugal and Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo with his earning of $79.6m (£51.4m).

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Dhoni retired from Test cricket at the end of 2014, handing over captaincy to Virat Kohli. But he is still the captain of India's ODI and Twenty20 teams.

He is India's most successful captain and is hugely popular among millions of fans around the country.

Most matches as India Test captain
Tests Won Lost Drawn Win %
MS Dhoni 60 27 18 15 45.00
S Ganguly 49 21 13 15 42.85
M Azharuddin 47 14 14 19 29.78
S Gavaskar 47 9 8 30 19.14
Nawab of Pataudi 40 9 19 12 22.50
Kapil Dev 34 4 7 22 11.76

He took India to the semi-final of the ODI World Cup in March this year, but lost to eventual champions and hosts Australia.

Pundits say his popularity makes him "a brand ambassador of choice" for many forms.

That explains the breakup of his earnings. The batsman made $4m in salary and winnings, and the rest came from endorsements, reports Forbes.

Top 10:

  • 1. Floyd Mayweather, US, Boxing = US$300m (£194m).
  • 2. Manny Pacquiao, Philippines, Boxing = $160m (£103.4m)
  • 3. Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal, Football = $79.6m (£51.4m)
  • 4. Lionel Messi, Argentina, Football = $73.8m (£47.7m)
  • 5. Roger Federer, Switzerland, Tennis = $67m (£43.3m)
  • 6. LeBron James, US, Basketball = $64.8m (£41.9m)
  • 7. Kevin Durant, US, Basketball = $54.1m (£35m)
  • 8. Phil Mickelson, US, Golf = $50.8m (£32.8m)
  • 9. Tiger Woods, US, Golf = $50.6m (£32.7m)
  • 10. Kobe Bryant, US, Basketball = $49.5m (£32m)

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