Cricket is one of the most popular sports in the world. While the British Empire spread the sport throughout its colonies, it helped popularize the sport with locals ranging from India and South Africa to Australia and throughout the region. Of course, while the sport is not as popular in North America and South America due to the popularity of professional baseball, there are still many players inside the game of cricket that bring in a good amount of money. With that being said, these are the top 10 richest cricketers in 2014.
10. Kevin Pietersen
Net Worth: $3.2 million
Major Sponsors: Adidas, Vodafone and Red Bull
Kevin Pieterson recently obtain 5,000 runs in the fastest time ever. In fact, he was able to score this amazing feat in less than three years. With such a performance, he recently had his $1.55 million annual salary purchased by another club. On top of his major sponsors, Kevin brings in well over $3 million a year in salary.
9. Ricky Ponting
Net Worth: $4.1 million
Major Sponsors: KFC, Adidas, Valvoline
One of the richest cricketers in 2014, he brings in a considerable amount of money playing in Australia. In fact, he made the Australian team in 1995 and has been playing ever since. In fact, he is one of the most successful players at captaincy the world has ever seen. he also holds the world record for being part of a team with the most ODI wins with a total of 262 ODIs.
8. Brett Lee
Net Worth: $4.8 million
Major Sponsors: Timex, New Blanace & Boost, Weet-Bix.
The 37 year old player is retired from international cricket, but he still plays for several different leagues inside of India including the Indian Premier League and the Big Bash 20. He also came became one of the fastest bowlers ever in the sport. He played professionally in international play in 1999.
7. Michael Clarke
Net Worth: $4.9 million
Major Sponsors: Gillette and Slazenger
Michael Clarke is a professional cricket player who plays for Australia. He is also one of the youngest major international players at 32 and he first made an appearance on the Australian international teak in 2004. In fact, he is the only Test batsman to ever reach four double centuries in a single year, which makes him one of the most desirable and highest payed cricket player in the world.
6. Sourav Ganguly
Net Worth: At Least: $3.5 million
It is not determined exactly how much Sourav brings in annually, and even though he has retired from playing international cricket for India, is is still wine of the richest cricketers in 2014. He still plays in different internal leagues, and while his net earnings are set to most likely go down, he at once was the richest cricketer in the world. In a few years though, with the increasing salary of cricketers, it is likely that he will slip off this list and out of the top 10 richest cricketers in the world.
5. Andrew Flintoff
Net Worth: At Least $4 million
Major Sponsors: Puma, Volkswagen, Barclays
While the apparent net work of Andrew Flintoff is less than some of the others on this list, his sponsors are set to expand, which mean he is likely going to make over $5 million annually by the end of the year, if not sooner. He also helped England defeat Australia for the very first time in 75 years at the Lord’s cricket venue. This shows how dominant Australia typically is in the sport of cricket, but it also shows how valuable Andrew Flintoff is and it is one reason that he is one of the richest cricketers in 2014, although he is also going to be retiring from the sport and become a professional broadcaster.
4. Rahul Dravid
Net Worth: $5 million
Major Sponsors: Castrol and Reebok
Rahul is a retired cricketer, but he is also one of the most prominent players in Indian cricket history. In fact, he saw 453 crickets out while batting on the opposite side of the crease. While he is ranked as the fourth rickets cricket in 2014, he is going to see an increase in his overall net worth as his sponsors are set to spend more money on him.
3. Yuvraj Singh
Net Worth: $5 million
Major Sponsors: Microsoft, Fiat and Reebok
Yurvraj is on the list of richest cricketers in 2014 at the third spot. He has appeared in a variety of commercials throughout India and he has been playing on the India international team since 2000. With his extensive experience, he is set to increase his total value over the next few years. While he is currently in the three position, he is likely to jump into the top two over the next few years, as he still has several options for bringing in new sponsors, and at his younger age, it is possible to increase his net worth.
2. Sachin Tendulkar
Net Worth: $18.6 million
Major Sponsors: Royal Bank of Scotland, Adidas, Canon.
Sachin has a stranglehold on the second spot of the richest cricketers in 2014 and it is possible for him to take over the top spot in the next few years. However, he also donates a considerable amount of his money though, so it is not like he is holding onto every single dollar that he makes. Of course, with his sponsors, it is possible that even if he doesn’t take over the top spot, he increases his net worth over the next few years.
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1. Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Net Worth: $26.5 million
Major Sponsors: Reebok, GE Money, Pepsi, TVS Motors
Dhoni holds the top spot for cricketers by far and he looks to continue bringing in more money as he is rather young in terms of professional players, as he is just 32. This means he has potentially another 10 years to increase his total net work and bring in more money to his own name.