New Delhi, Jun 27: Team India captain MS Dhoni and five-time world champion boxer M.C. Mary Kom have been rated as the 16th and 38th most marketable athletes in the world respectively by a British monthly.
SportsPro has ranked athletes from the across the world on the basis of their marketing potential over the next three years and after considering factors like age, home market, charisma, crossover appeal and value for money.
Kom, who is the lone Indian female boxer to qualify for the London Olympics, is the only athlete from the country other than Dhoni to feature in the list that has been topped by Brazilian football sensation Neymar.
"I thank SportsPro for considering me among the top 50 marketable athletes in the world, which is such an illustrious list containing the names of so many of the world's most notable sportspeople," said Kom, who is currently training in Pune for the London Games.
"I am going to continue to focus on the Olympic gold and will wait to see if the potential that SportsPro has identified can be made to come to fruition after the Olympics," he added.
The list also includes some of the world's best athletes such as Lionel Messi (3), Usain Bolt (4), Christiano Ronaldo (5), Rory McIlroy (2), Maria Sharapova, Novak Djokovic, Lewis Hamilton and many more.