In the Sunday Times Rich List for wealthiest sportsmen under 30 in UK, soccer players have dominated the scene. Among the top 10 richest sportsmen under 30 in UK, seven are soccer players. It goes on to show the popularity of soccer in the country and where all the money is flowing to. However, the top two people in the list are from tennis and golf. Here’s the 2018 list of top 10 richest sportsmen under 30 in the UK.
# 10 Juan Mata — £24 million / $32.6 million
Juan Manuel Mata García plays for English Premier League club Manchester United and is a talented attacking midfielder. Juan Mata had an advantage in his career, as his father Juan Manuel Mata Rodríguez was also a footballer. Juan graduated from Real Madrid’s youth academy and began his career in 2006 by playing for Real Madrid Castilla. Later, he joined La Liga club Valencia and after that Premier League club Chelsea. Since 2013-14, he has been playing for Premier League club Manchester United. Juan’s medium built height at 5’7″ provides him with superior agility on the field. In his career with Manchester United, Juan has scored a total of 40 goals. Overall, his goal tally is 129.
# 9 Paul Pogba — £25 million / $34 million
Paul Labile Pogba plays for English Premier League club Manchester United. He has diverse skillsets, as he can take up various roles such as that of central midfielder, deep-lying playmaker, attacking midfielder, and defensive midfielder. Paul took to soccer at a young age and he was quite popular among local youth teams. He began his career with the youth team of Ligue 1 side Le Havre. In 2009, he got his entry into Premier League when he was inducted into Manchester United. In 2012, he joined Italian side Juventus, but returned to Manchester United in 2016, after he displayed superior soccer skills. In 2013, he received Golden Boy award and in 2014, he got the Bravo Award. Paul was also featured in the 2015 UEFA Team of the Year. He has scored 19 goals during his career with Manchester United and his lifetime tally is 53 goals.
# 8 Theo Walcott — £26 million / $35.3 million
Theo James Walcott plays for Premier League club Everton and holds the record of England’s youngest ever senior football player. He started his professional career when he was aged just 17 years and 75 days. Theo plays at an astonishingly fast pace and has been a top scorer in club and international tournaments. He has been the recipient of BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award. Theo started playing for Southampton club in 2005 and later joined Arsenal, where he stayed till 2017. He started his career with Everton in 2017-18. Throughout his career, Theo has scored a total of 118 goals.
# 7 Mesut Özil — £28 million / $38 million
Mesut Özil plays for Premier League club Arsenal and is counted among the best soccer players in the world. Özil is largely deployed as an attacking midfielder, but at times, he can also play as a winger. He is known for his agility, versatility, creativity and technical skills. He holds the record of winning five German Player of the Year awards. Özil started his career with Bundesliga club Schalke 04 in 2006. In 2007, he moved to Bundesliga club Werder Bremen and later in 2010, he joined Real Madrid under La Liga division. His career with Premier League club Arsenal started in 2013. For Arsenal, Özil has scored 39 goals and his lifetime tally is 84 goals.
# 6 Eden Hazard — £32 million / $43.5 million
Eden Michael Hazard plays for English Premier League club Chelsea and is known for his superior ball control, passing ability, speed, creativity and dribbling. He is primarily deployed in the role of an attacking midfielder or a winger. He is often compared with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. He has won various awards such as National Union of Professional Footballers (UNFP) Young Player of the Year award, UNFP Ligue 1 Player of the Year, and Bravo Award. Eden started his career with Ligue 1 club Lille in 2007. He joined Premier League club Chelsea in 2012. With Chelsea, Eden has scored 95 goals and his lifetime tally is 145 goals.
# 5 Anthony Joshua — £35 million / $47.6 million
Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua is a British professional boxer, who is currently ranked as a unified heavyweight world champion. One of his key achievements is that he has won three out of the four leading boxing world championships. These include the IBF title, WBA (Super) title, and WBO title. Joshua has won silver at the 2011 World Championships and a Gold medal at the 2012 Olympics. He is the second British boxer to win both a world title and an Olympic gold medal. Another significant achievement is that Joshua has won all but one of his fights through knockout.
# 4 Sergio Agüero — £48 million / $65.2 million
Sergio Leonel “Kun” Agüero plays for Premier League club Manchester City and he is primarily deployed as a striker. He is known as a top goal scorer and is currently ranked among the top 10 highest goal scorers in the history of Premier League. Agüero is known for his vision, tactical play and superior passing ability. Agüero started his career with Argentine Primera División club Independiente in 2002. He journeyed through La Liga club Atlético Madrid in 2006 and eventually joined Premier League club Manchester City in 2011. He has scored 205 goals for Manchester City and his lifetime tally is 329 goals.
# 3 Gareth Bale — £74 million ($100.5 million)
Gareth Frank Bale is a Welsh professional footballer who plays for the Wales national team and Spanish Club Real Madrid. He is known for his fast pace, superior crossing ability, powerful left foot, swerving free kicks, and exceptional physique. He has won various recognitions such as Premier League Player of the Season, FWA Footballer of the Year and PFA Young Player of the Year. Bale started his career with Southampton in 2005 and later moved to Tottenham Hotspur in 2007. He joined Real Madrid in 2013 and has scored 92 goals for the club. His career tally is 152 goals.
# 2 Andy Murray — £83 million / $112.8 million
Sir Andrew Barron Murray is a British professional tennis player, who is ranked at No. 311 in international men’s singles category. He has won various championships such as 2016 ATP World Tour Finals, Davis Cup, Olympics (twice) and Grand Slam tournaments (thrice). One of his significant achievements came in 2012 US Open, when he defeated Novak Djokovic in the finals. This made him the first British player since 1977 to win a Grand Slam singles tournament. Murray has also won Wimbledon singles title twice and Olympics Gold in 2012 and 2016.
# 1 Rory McIlroy (Golfer) — £110 million / $149.4 million
Rory McIlroy comes from Northern Ireland and is a professional golfer, who is a member of both European and PGA Tours. One of his top achievements is that he held the title of world number one in Golf for 95 weeks. He has won various golf championships such as the 2014 PGA Championship, 2014 Open Championship, 2012 PGA Championship and 2011 U.S. Open. He is also counted among the only 4 players under 25 to have won three major championships. The record is shared by Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, and Jordan Spieth.