MS Dhoni has signed a a two-year endorsement deal worth approximately Rs 2 billion ($ 42 million) with a sports marketing agency.
Dhoni has entered into a two-year deal with Rhiti Sports Management and Mindscapes, which will manage the Indian skipper's long list of endorsements and brand associations, corporate profile, patents and digital rights, images, visibility on social networking sites and merchandise through a joint venture.
Tendulkar's three-year deal with sports management firm Iconix, signed in 2006, was worth Rs 180 crore. Confirming the development, Rhiti Sports General Manager (Operations) Sanjay Pandey said as per the agreement, the company will be looking after Dhoni's entire spectrum of endorsements.
Apart from Dhoni, Rhiti Sports also manages his teammates R P Singh and Harbhajan Singh.
Currently, Dhoni is the country's most expensive sportsperson and is associated with 22 brands such as PepsiCo, Reebok, Aircel, Godrej and Hersheys.