Saturday 3 December 2016

Isn't it rich: Ireland's top sports earners

Published 24/05/2015 | 02:30

Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy
Padraig Harrington
Damien Duff is poised to sign for Shamrock Rovers
John O'Shea
Robbie Keane
AP McCoy
Graeme McDowell
Bernard Brogan
Martin O'Neill
Roy Keane
Darren Clarke

While GAA's top stars can readily top up their bank balances through promotions and sponsorship deals, their earnings pale compared to our richest athletes. In that elite group are four golfers, five soccer players and one jockey. No room, either, for top rugby stars like Brian O'Driscoll.

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1 €52m

Rory McIloy, golf

2 €51m

Padraig Harrington, golf

3 €40m

Roy Keane, soccer

4 €34m

Graeme McDowell, golf

5 €27m

Robbie Keane, soccer

6 €26m

Damien Duff, soccer

7 €25m

Darren Clarke, golf

8 €18m

AP McCoy, horse racing

9 €18m

Martin O'Neill, soccer

10 €16m

John O'Shea, soccer

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