Dhoni has been named as the country’s most valuable athlete, according to Forbes magazine. Dhoni is the fifth most valuable sportsperson in the world, a list jointly headed by Roger Federer and Tiger Woods. Basketball star LeBron James and golfer Phil Mickelson are behind them with 27 and 25 million USD respectively. Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova is ahead Dhoni at No.4, earning 23 million USD.

Surprisingly, Dhoni has earned more than Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in the last 12 months. Dhoni has also managed to beat world superstars like Kobe Bryant and Usain Bolt

Here’s the top 10 most-valuable athletes in the world:

1. Roger Federer (Tennis) and Tiger Woods (Golf): 46 million dollars each

2. LeBron James (Basketball): 27 million dollars

3. Phil Mickelson (Golf): 25 million dollars

4. Maria Sharapova (Tennis): 23 million dollars

5. Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Cricket): 21 million dollars

6. Usain Bolt (Track and Field): 20 million dollars

7. Kobe Bryant (Basketball): 19 million dollars

8. Li Na (Tennis): 15 million dollars

9. Cristiano Ronaldo (Football): 13 million dollars

10. Lionel Messi (Football): 13 million dollars

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