Cricket is the second most popular sports in the world and in India there is saying “Cricket is not just a game, its a religion “. Nowadays cricketers earn quite a good amount of money than earlier days. Most of their income generates from the brand they endorse. Companies like PepsiCo, Coca- Cola, TAG Heuer pays a huge amount to their brand ambassadors. So this time we compile a list of top 10 richest cricketers in the World.
10. Bret Lee: Net worth – $10 million
The tenth position on our list of richest cricketers in the world is acquired by one of the renowned cricketer in the world “Bret Lee”. He was an Australian cricketer turned commentator and also regarded as the one of the fastest bowler in this sport. His bowling speed is noted as 100 miles/hour. He is now retired from all forms of cricket, but before that he earned around $4 million annually, $2 million from his salary and $2 million from his brand endorsement.
9. Chris Gayle: Net worth – $15 million
Chris Gayle hails from Jamaica and a professional cricketer, playing for the West Indies Cricket team. He also plays for Jamaican team and various other leagues like the Indian Premier League. He is regarded as one of the most entertaining and aggressive player in the world.
8. Gautam Gambhir: Net worth – $ 20million
Gautam Gambhir is an Indian cricket player, who earns around $8million annually, 3.5 million from his salary and 4.5 million from brand endorsement. Though Gambhir is out of Indian Cricket team, but still with high salary in IPL and a few endorsements in his kitty like Red Bull, Hero and Reebok, he manages to earn a handsome amount of money from this profession. He is the only Indian player to receive the record of earning 5 hundred in a 5 test matches in a row and also receives a second highest sporting award in India “The Arjuna Award”.
7. Mathew Fleming: Net worth – $30 million
Mathew Fleming was a cricket player who plays for England cricket team and also served on the professional cricket Association as a chairman. Currently, he is working to help Afghanistan develop a national cricket team. His uncle was E.N. Fleming, the man who created the famous character “James Bond”.
6. Shane Watson: Net Worth – $40 Million
Shane Watson plays for the Australian Cricket team and regarded as one of the most destructive all rounder in the world. He won many awards and medals, including the famous “Alan Border”medal. He is the brand ambassador of many famous brands like TAG Heuer, Asics, Gunn& Moore etc.
5. Imran Khan: Net Worth – $50 million
Fifth position on our list of top ten richest cricketers in the world is acquired by former Pakistani cricketer turned politician “Imran Khan”. He was a cricket player for 20 years and led the Pakistan team for their first victory in almost 30 years.
4. Shane Warne: Net Worth – $50 million
He is a retired Australian cricketer and often considered as one of the best spinners in the world. He won many awards, including Wisden Cricketer of the year award and Wisden cricketer of the century. He is now a professional poker player.
3. Ricky Ponting: Net Worth – $65 million
He is the former captain of Australian cricket team and was the only player who have participated in 100 test victories. He also wrote several books about sports and earn the hearts of many fans.
2. Sachin Tendulkar: Net worth – $115 million
The man who needs no introduction, master blaster “Sachin Tendulkar” is regarded as one the greatest players of all time and “God of Cricket”. He is also honored by “Bharat Ratna”, one of the prestigious honor of India. Even though master blaster retired from the game, still he is an eye candy of Indians and receives a huge amount from his brand endorsement like Adidas, Coca-Cola, Castrol,etc.
1. Mahendra Singh Dhoni: $125 million
First position on our list of top 10 richest cricketers in the world is acquired by “MS Dhoni”. He is an Indian cricket player whose annual income is around $31.5 million. Most of his earning comes from various brand endorsements like Reebok, PepsiCo, Sony, etc.( 3.5 million from salary and 28 million from endorsement). Currently “Brand Dhoni” is one of the biggest celebrity brand names in the world of cricket.