Mahendra Singh Dhoni, India's cricket captain, has pipped the likes of '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, 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). 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.
Djokovic from Serbia, winner of six Grand Slams singles titles, is 62nd with $20.6 million, while Olympic 100m champion Usain Bolt is 63rd with total earnings of $20.3 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).