Jun 8th, 2017
Rory McIlroy now 6th highest paid
Sportsman in the world
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Rory McIlroy is now the sixth highest–paid athlete in the world, according to Forbes magazine.
Rory is the only golfer to feature in the top 10 this year following a lucrative spell for the 28–year–old both on and off the course.
McIlroy earned a total of $50 million (€44 million) in salaries, prize money and sponsorship between June 2016 and June 2017.
He signed a 10–year extension with Nike last year and more recently an equipment deal with TaylorMade. He also scooped $10 million by being the out–and–out winner of the FedEx.
McIlroy’s estimated $50 million total earnings for the 12–month period is made up of $16 million in ‘salaries’ and $34 million in endorsements.
Cristiano Ronaldo remains the highest paid sportsman, with earnings totalling $93 million (€83 million), ahead of LeBron James ($86.2 million) and Lionel Messi ($80 million).