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Dhoni tops Forbes highest earning cricketers list

New Delhi, Aug 1 (): Mahendra Singh Dhoni surpassed all other cricketers in the world, topping the list of the world’s highest earning cricketers compiled by Forbes magazine. Dhoni is followed by Sachin Tendulkar and six Indians made it to the top-10.

Tendulkar stands second at $18.6 million, out of which $16.5 million comes from advertisements, while the rest is from playing cricket.

With earnings of $ 26.5 million, Dhoni earns about $3.5 million, directly from his on-field play. He has a Grade A national contract with BCCI, (Board of Control for Cricket) that gives him a base salary of about $200,000. Including this pay, he also receives match fees and bonuses that boost his national pay well above $500,000 each year.

Through commercials, Dhoni earns about $23 million, which is also the highest among cricketers’ earnings from commercials. Dhoni has an impressive list of about 25 endorsements, including Sony, Reebok and PepsiCo. His incredible sponsorship earnings set him at the top not only in the world of cricket, but in the whole of India. In 2010, he became the country’s most popular television endorser, blowing away even Bollywood’s top stars.

Dhoni is one of the IPL’s highest-paid players and earns about $125,000 per game played. He also has the credit of having not missed a single game for the Super Kings since June of 2011 that includes 19 matches in the last IPL and four matches in last year’s Nokia Champions League Twenty20.

Dhoni has made considerably more money than any other big names including tennis champion Novak Djokovic, the fastest man on the planet Usain Bolt, footballers Fernando Torres and Wayne Rooney and also his team-mate Sachin Tendulkar. Excitingly, Dhoni earns more in endorsements than the world’s most popular footballer Lionel Messi.

Other cricketers in the Forbes’ list are:

Gautam Gambhir ($7.3 million)
Virat Kohli ($7.1 million)
Virender Sehwag ($6.9million)
Shane Watson ($5.9 million)
Michael Clarke ($4.9million)
Brett Lee ($4.8 million)
Ricky Ponting ($4.1million)
Yusuf Pathan ($3.7 million)

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