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Rooney is top of the list.

Wayne Rooney is Britain's wealthiest sportsman - somehow Radamel Falcao makes the list

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The Sunday Times has revealed its annual rich list, and with it come plenty of talking points.

Wayne Rooney is atop the list of richest sportsmen under the age of 30, having accumulated a grand total of £82 million, largely thanks to his bumper deal with Manchester United that's said to be worth £300,000-per week, as well as various sponsorship deals with the likes of Nike and Samsung.

The England international, who has only recently returned from injury after a lengthy spell on the sidelines, comes in ahead of tennis stars Andy and Jamie Murray as well as golfer Rory McIlroy.

Now, that's not a major surprise, Rooney is the most established striker at one of the richest club in the world, and despite his own struggles for form this term, his earning potential haven't suffered.

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Now, that's not a major surprise, Rooney is the most established striker at one of the richest club in the world, and despite his own struggles for form this term, his earning potential hasn't suffered.

There were a few Chelsea fans choking on their cornflakes this morning when the scanned down the list and saw who was in joint-seventh place. Radamel Falcao.

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The Colombian has been nothing short of disastrous since he headed to the Premier League from Monaco, first with Manchester United then with Chelsea.

In his spell at Old Trafford he scored just four league goals before being shipped off, while his time with the Blues has gone even worse. He hasn't played since October and has scored just a single Premier League goal.

As it transpires, the sizeable wage packet he earned at Manchester United - said to be in excess of £250,000-per-week - and the £140,000 he earns at Chelsea, alongside a major deal with Puma, has been enough to earn him a total of £29 million. Or, roughly speaking, about £800,000 for every Premier League game he's played in his career.

Real Madrid ace Gareth Bale is fourth on the list (£34m), ahead of Manchester City duo Sergio Aguero and David Silva - £33 million and £31 million respectively.

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Fabregas is tied with Falcao in seventh, while Samir Nasri (£22 million), Eden Hazard (£18m) and Amir Khan (£18m) complete the list.

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