Padraig Harrington has admitted that sports stars are ‘grossly overpaid' and says that he would play for free if he had to.
The three-time Major winner, who in 2012 was estimated to be worth in the region of €30 million, has said that the finances involved in top level sport are obscene.
“I thinks all sportspeople would play their sport for a lot less, he said on Radio One this morning.
“Ultimately we are overpaid, grossly overpaid. I’d certainly play for free."
“I love the game. If somebody offered me a contract at the start of my career where they just paid my expenses during the year I would have signed that.”
With the news that Manchester United are set to offer Juan Mata £150,000 a week contract to entice the Spaniard to move to Old Trafford, Harrington has said that while the sums involved are astronomical, it is often forgotten that sport is a business at the end of the day.
“The football marketing makes the money and the players and clubs are under pressure for results,” he added.
“Man United is a business. They need to bring in the best players to win titles to ensure that that brand remains one of the biggest in the world.
“Clubs are under pressure to have the best teams and to ensure their brand remains.
The Dubliner also offered advice to all golfers to improve their game, with one tip he said that should be implemented by golfers of alll abilities.
“Hold your finish after you hit your shot,” he advised.
“If you follow through with your shot, being able to hold your balance on your left foot after you hit the ball will improve your game hugely.”
“Most people agree with this when I tell them, but find it so difficult to implement.”
Harrington was speaking about Lollipop Day, a charity for which he is a patron, which is taking place on Friday February 28 and Saturday, March 1 and concerns oesophageal cancer, which affected his late father.
“It’s all about raising awareness of the symptoms, which include chronic problems swallowing and heartburn.”
“It’s a bad disease to get late on but a good one to catch early,” he added.