Tuesday 25 July 2017

The Sunday Times sport rich list is out, but who's top of the charts?

There are a few Manchester United representatives here.

By Max McLean

Sport is a lucrative business these days, but of the champions in this country who earns the biggest bucks?

Well all is revealed in the Sunday Times sport rich list, where the athletes and sportspeople with the biggest fortunes are revealed.

Reckon you know who might be included? Let’s see if you’re right.

The two new entries on the list are Zlatan Ibrahimovic in at number two (£110 million) and Pep Guardiola, who sits joint ninth – Pep’s £50 million wealth equates to about as much as Manchester City spent on John Stones.

Including Zlatan, three Manchester United representatives are on the list, with Jose Mourinho in at number seven (£61 million) and Wayne Rooney taking third place with £93 million. Wales and Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale is eighth on the list with £54 million.

Rory McIlroy’s fortune rose by £26million in the last 12 months, putting him fifth, while Andy Murray sits sixth with £77 million – nearly £13 million of that was won on court.

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LA Lakers basketball player Luol Deng sits level-ninth with £50 million, while Formula One driver Jenson Button’s £86 million sees him fourth – but who’s top?

It’s Lewis Hamilton way out in front with £131 million, maintaining his status as the richest sportsperson in the UK – the three-time world champion is probably used to sitting on top of the podium by now.

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