Golfer Rory McIlroy has beaten a host of footballers to become the richest young sports star in Britain, new figures reveal today.
McIlroy, 29, currently ranked 8th in the world golf rankings, had a memorable 2017 – getting married, and enjoying a superb return to form.
He signed deals with sports giant Nike and TaylorMade, the American club manufacturer, worth a combined £150m. It meant his net worth grew by £28m to £110m.
He ranks No1 on the Sunday Times Rich List: Richest Young Sports Stars, revealed today.
Andy Murray lies second on the list with wealth now at £83m. The modest £6m rise on his valuation in 2017 was down to a hip injury suffered at last year’s Wimbledon.
He has not played since, and underwent surgery. Real Madrid and Wales star Gareth Bale is paid £18.2m a year after tax, making him comfortably the best paid British player in the world.
His net wealth rose by £20m to now stand at £74m.
Sergio Aguero, the Man City striker, is the UK’s highest paid footballer and worth around £48m to come in at No 4 overall on the rich list.
Premier League stars Eden Hazard, Mesut Ozil, Theo Walcott, Paul Pogba and Juan Mata all feature in the Top Ten.
Boxer Anthony Joshua, worth £35 million, stands fifth, but is predicted to rise up the rankings.His agent, Barrie Hearn, has talked of 28-year-old Joshua becoming the world’s first boxing billionaire.
McIlroy married his stunning fiancee Erica Stollin in April, 2017.
A star-studded guest list included soul legend Stevie Wonder, Coldplay’s Chris Martin and One Direction’s Niall Horan.
He famously called off his engagement to tennis star Caroline Wozniacki in 2014.
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