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Ranked: UKs richest young sports stars

Golfer Rory McIlroy has topped a list of the wealthiest young sports stars in the UK and Ireland, followed by tennis champion Andy Murray.

McIlroy, 29, is currently ranked eighth in the world, and despite his lack of form in 2017, still managed to see his net worth grow by £28m over the past 12 months to stand at £110m.

Tennis star Andy Murray came in second on the list, with his net worth at £83m. The Scottish player was largely absent from the court last year due to injury, however, lucrative sponsorship deals have kept him near the top of the list.

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14 out of the 17 entries on the list were footballers, the wealthiest of whom is Gareth Bale, a former Tottenham forward currently playing for Real Madrid.

The sports stars are among the richest people aged 30 or under in the new edition of The Sunday Times Young Rich List, worth a combined £615m​.

The richest young sports stars

Rank

Name

Sport

2018 wealth

Wealth increase

1

Rory McIlroy

Golf

£110m

Up £28m

2

Sir Andy Murray

Tennis

£83m

Up £6m

3

Gareth Bale

Football

£74m

Up £20m

4

Sergio Aguero

Football

£48m

Up £8m

5

Anthony Joshua

Boxing

£35m

Up £20m

6

Eden Hazard

Football

£32m

Up £7m

7

Mesut Ozil

Football

£28m

Up £5m

8

Theo Walcott

Football

£26m

Up £4m

9

Paul Pogba

Football

£25m

Up £10m

10

Juan Mata

Football

£24m

Up £4m

11

Willian

Football

£23m

Up £4m

12

Alexis Sanchez

Football

£21m

Up £5m

13

Daniel Sturridge

Football

£19m

Up £3m

14

David De Gea

Football

£18m

New entry

15

Andy Carroll

Football

£17m

Up £2m

16=

Kevin De Bruyne

Football

£16m

New entry

16=

Pedro

Football

£16m

New entry

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Anthony Joshua, a rising young star of the boxing world, was one of the lists big winners – literally. The world heavyweight champion has won 20 of his 21 professional fights by a knockout, and is now worth £35m – up £20m from last year.

Of the footballers, the richest UK-based player was Sergio Aguero, the Manchester City striker whos wealth of £48m put him in fourth place.

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