There are only seven players in the top 100 of the world’s richest sportsmen and women on the planet, according to Forbes, who are collectively worth more than $5 trillion.
Their combined annual earnings of $2.4 trillion, or about 40% of the global economy, makes them the world leader in terms of global gross domestic product (GDP).
This is not just the case of the top cricketers.
India’s top five athletes, including the Indian cricket team, collectively earned $2 billion from endorsements and endorsements contracts, according the World Bank.
Their average income from endorsements has risen to $1.9 million a year from $300,000 a year.
They also earn more from their cricketing careers than any other sportsmen in the world.
Their earnings have surpassed the $2 trillion mark for the first time in the past 15 years.
The average cricket player earned $7.4 million from endorsements last year.
India, for example, is second only to the United States in terms.
The global economic growth of the sport has also increased.
As the sport grew globally, the number of athletes earning millions from endorsements also increased, according Forbes.
As of March 2018, India’s footballers earned $13.5 million from endorsement deals, followed by the US’s Major League Baseball (MLB) with $10.5 billion and the NBA with $7 billion.
These players have a combined global earnings of more than 30 billion dollars.
According to the World Economic Forum, India is ranked third in terms with the world as a whole in terms for the number and value of endorsements.
India has over 2,400 sportsmen (out of a total population of more then 11 billion people) and their combined earnings of nearly $2tn.