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For the third year running, Rory McIlroy has topped the Sunday Times’ Rich List for sports stars under the age of 30.

McIlroy, who turned 30 earlier this month, topped the rankings ahead of Real Madrid and Wales footballer Gareth Bale, with Sergio Aguero third. World heavyweight champion boxer Anthony Joshua was fourth.

Four-time major champion McIlroy saw his personal fortune increase by £28m to £138m over the last year.

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That put him comfortably ahead of Bale, who came in second with £94m.

The list comprised seventeen athletes either from the UK or based in the UK. Of those, 15 are footballers. There are no women on the list.

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UK’s 2019 richest young sports stars, aged 30 or under

1. Rory McIlroy, golfer, £138m (up £28m on 2018)
2. Gareth Bale, footballer, £94m (up £20m)
3. Sergio Aguero, footballer, £58m (up £10m)
4. Anthony Joshua, boxer, £49m (up £14m)
5. Mesut Özil, footballer, £42m (up £14m)
6. Eden Hazard, footballer, £40m (up £8m)
7. Alexis Sánchez, footballer, £39m (up £18m)
8. Paul Pogba, footballer, £37m (up £12m)
9. Theo Walcott, footballer, £29m (up £3m)
10. Willian, footballer, £27m (up £4m)
11. Kevin De Bruyne, footballer, £25m (up £9m)
12. David De Gea, footballer, £24m (up £6m
13. Daniel Sturridge, footballer, £22m (up £3m)
14. Andy Carroll, footballer, £19m (up £2m)
15. Raheem Sterling, footballer, £18m (new entry)
16 = Harry Kane, footballer, £16m (new entry
16 = Romelu Lukaku, footballer, £16m (new entry)


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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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