MS Dhoni ranks number nine in the list of famous sportspersons from around the world © AFP
MS Dhoni ranks number nine in the list of famous sportspersons from around the world © AFP

Indian limited-over skipper, MS Dhoni has made it to the top 10 in the list of the most marketable sportsperson of the year, 2015. According to a study conducted in the London School of Marketing, Dhoni ranks number nine in the list of famous sportspersons from around the world. The list, that is domintaed by tennis great, Roger Federer, consists of only cricketer in the the top 20 list in the form of Dhoni. The calculation was done on the basis of their earnings from their endorsements. It is interesting to see Dhoni ahead of great footballers of moder time, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel messi and Neymar. How many Virat Kohli lookalikes will Pakistan produce?

Team India captain Dhoni has also pipped the likes of ‘Sprint King’ Usain Bolt, 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). Interestingly, the Indian captain’s earnings through endorsements is more than the world’s most popular footballer Lionel Messi. Grant Elliott’s bizarre tweet on Punjab’s Solar Power is more confusing than surprising

Dhoni made a mark in the 50-over format with a whirlwind 148 against Pakistan, and came to the forefront with an amazing 183 not out in a chase against Sri Lanka. His reputation as a champion of seemingly impossible run-chases has not diminished since then. David Warner answers fan question on Twitter

The top-10: 

1. Roger Federer (Tennis)

2. Tiger Woods (Golf)

3. Phil Mickelson (Golf)

4. LeBron James (Basketball)

5. Kevin Durant (Basketball)

6. Rory McIlroy (Golf)

7. Novak Djokovic (Tennis)

8. Rafael Nadal (Tennis)

9. Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Cricket)

10. Cristiano Ronaldo (Football)