Britain’s Sunday Times has released its 2016 Rich List for young sportsmen in Britain. According to the list, England and Manchester United captain, Wayne Rooney, is the richest sportsman aged 30 or under with a fortune of £82 million.
The 30-year-old striker ’s wealth comes from a reported £300,000-a-week contract at United, which makes him the highest-paid player in the Premier League, as well as endorsements with the global brands Nike and Samsung.
The tennis brothers Andy and Jamie Murray are in second place with a joint worth of £58m, though £57m of it is contributed by the world No2, Andy. Rory McIlroy has enjoyed the biggest increase in wealth, earning an extra £18m to take him up to £56m in total and to third place in the list.
The Northern Irishman earned almost $10m in prize money but it is off the course where he has made his real cash, with a long-standing deal with Nike and other endorsements with Omega, Bose, Upper Deck sports memorabilia and Electronic Arts being especially lucrative.
Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale is up to fourth on the list after a year in which he became the second-richest footballer. The Welshman earns around £15.6millon a year at the Bernabéu in addition to contracts with Adidas, Sony and Electronic Arts. He is worth £34m – a £13m increase from last year.
A host of foreign Premier League stars make up the majority of the rest of the top 10. Sergio Agüero (£33m), David Silva (£31m), Radamel Falcao (£29m), Samir Nasri (£22m) and Eden Hazard (£18m) all feature in the list.
The Chelsea playmaker Hazard is joint 10th in the standings with the boxer Amir Khan, though Khan is likely to add to his wealth when he fights Canelo Álvarez next month.
See the top 10 list below:
1 Wayne Rooney £82m
2 Andy and Jamie Murray £58m
3 Rory McIlroy £56m
4 Gareth Bale £34m
5 Sergio Agüero £33m
6 David Silva £31m
7= Cesc Fàbregas £29m
7= Radamel Falcao £29m
9 Samir Nasri £22m
10= Eden Hazard £18m
10= Amir Khan £18m