7 Athletes Who Make Insane Money Off Endorsement Deals

Endorsement deals are how the rich get richer, and no one has found the game to be more lucrative then these seven athletes.

Rory McIlroy

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Rory McIlroy

Sport: Golf

Career Highlights: 14 PGA Tour Victories, 4 major tournament victories

Annual Endorsement Earnings: $34 million

Rory McIlroy hasn't won a major since 2014, but the 29-year-old is certainly winning off the course.

One of three golfers on our list, McIlroy collects $34 million annually via his endorsements of Nike, Taylormade, and others.

He signed a 10-year extension with Nike apparel last year. 

McIlroy no longer endorses Nike golf equipment and is now signed with TaylorMade. According to IrishTimes.com, the deal with TaylorMade is a 10-year deal worth a total of $100 million.

"It's very rare you get really excited about your equipment, but I am," McIlroy told IrishTimes.com "I feel like it's a new chapter in my life with a lot of stuff going on. I really feel with the new equipment, it's hopefully going to take me to that next level."

The Northern Irish golfer is also the face of EA Sports' popular golf video game, having replaced Tiger Woods in 2015.

Photo Credit: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images


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