New York: India cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the sole Indian sportsman to figure on Forbes' list of the world's most valuable athlete brands, a list that has been topped by American basketball player LeBron James and includes golfer Tiger Woods and tennis stars Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Dhoni is ranked fifth with a brand value of USD 20 million in 2014, slightly down from USD 21 million last year. (Also read: Sehwag most searched among Indian discards)
Forbes said Dhoni signed bat sponsorship deals with Spartan Sports and Amity University in late 2013, reportedly worth a combined USD 4 million annually, up from the USD 1 million Reebok was paying previously. (Also read: Samuels stars as Windies thrash India by 124 runs in series opener)