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India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Thursday became the only cricketer in the world to feature in the top 100 highest earning sportspersons, according to a list released by Forbes. Dhoni is on the 22nd spot in the list released, which has boxer Floyd Mayweather on top and also star golfer Tiger Woods and tennis players Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

Dhoni has total earnings of USD 30 million and endorsements worth USD 26 million. His salary and winnings total USD four million as of June 2014, Forbes claimed.

“Dhoni cemented his legacy as one of India’s best captains of all time when he led the Indian national team to victory in the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy and became the first national captain to ever win all three ICC trophies,” the publication said, as reported by PTI.

Dhoni signed bat sponsorship deals with leading brands like Spartan Sports and Amity University in late 2013 reportedly worth a combined USD four million annually, up from the USD one million Reebok was paying previously, it added.

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