Saturday 11 May 2019 9:34 am

McIlroy tops list of the UK's top 20 richest young sports stars

Golfer Rory McIlroy is the UK’s richest young sports star, it was revealed today as the Northern Irishman topped a list otherwise dominated by footballers.

McIlroy’s wealth hit £138m in 2019, the Sunday Times Rich List revealed, putting him ahead of second-placed Gareth Bale on £94m.

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The Welshman rose to second place in this year’s rankings after his move to Real Madrid as one of the world’s most expensive players six years ago continues to pay dividends. His contract with the Spanish side is worth £18.2m a year after tax, and he has several lucrative endorsement deals.

The first English star to appear on the list is fourth place Anthony Joshua, one step below Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero.

Joshua, who alongside McIlroy is the only other non-footballer on the list, boosted his wealth by £14m this year. The Watford-born champion has three major heavyweight titles to his name and an Olympic gold medal.

World Cup hero Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling and Romelu Lukaku all join the list for the first time on 15th and joint 16th places.

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The rankings of sports stars aged 30 or below are part of the latest Sunday Times Rich List, due to come out tomorrow.

Yesterday it was revealed that Bluecrest Capital Management co-founder Michael Platt would be named the City’s richest hedge fund manager for the fifth year in a row, with a fortune of £3.7bn.


Rank   

Name

Sport

 

2019 wealth   

Increase/ decrease

1

Rory McIlroy

Golf

£138m

Up £28m

2

Gareth Bale

Football (Real Madrid)

£94m

Up £20m

3

Sergio Aguero

Football (Manchester City)

£58m

Up £10m

4

Anthony Joshua

Boxing

£49m

Up £14m

5

Mesut Ozil

Football (Arsenal)

£42m

Up £14m

6

Eden Hazard

Football (Chelsea)

£40m

Up £8m

7

Alexis Sanchez

Football (Manchester Utd)

£39m

Up £18m

8

Paul Pogba

Football (Manchester Utd)

£37m

Up £12m

9

Theo Walcott

Football (Everton)

£29m

Up £3m

10

Willian

Football (Chelsea)

£27m

Up £4m

11

Kevin De Bruyne

 

Football (Manchester City)

£25m

Up £9m

12

David De Gea

Football (Manchester Utd)

£24m

Up £6m

13

Daniel Sturridge

Football (Liverpool)

£22m

Up £3m

14

Andy Carroll

Football (West Ham Utd)

£19m

Up £2m

15

Raheem Sterling

Football (Manchester City)

£18m

New entry

16=

Harry Kane

Football (Tottenham Hotspur)

£16m

New entry

16=

Romelu Lukaku

Football (Manchester Utd)

£16m

New entry

 

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