Rahm Signs Record-Breaking Contract with LIV Golf
Spanish golfer Jon Rahm has secured his position as the highest-paid athlete in the world after signing a staggering £476 million contract with LIV Golf. The deal surpasses the earnings of football superstars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Change of Heart for Rahm
Despite previously insisting that he would never leave the PGA Tour, Rahm has now made a U-turn on his statement and joined LIV Golf. This unexpected move has shocked fans and industry experts alike.
Rahm's Impressive Golfing Record
Ranked as the current world No.3 and the reigning Masters champion, Rahm has proven himself as one of the top golfers in the world. His talent and achievements have undoubtedly contributed to the massive contract he has secured.
LIV Golf's Generous Offer
Rahm's contract with LIV Golf is three times the amount that the organization paid Phil Mickelson, a six-time Major champion, just 18 months ago. LIV had previously attempted to lure Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy with even larger offers, but both declined.
Potential Earnings for Rahm
With each of LIV's 14 events in 2024 offering a top prize of over £3 million, Rahm stands to earn more than half a billion pounds from his new employers within the next year. This incredible figure further solidifies his status as the highest-paid athlete in the world.
Ryder Cup Eligibility in Question
As a result of his contract with LIV Golf, Rahm's eligibility for the Ryder Cup may come under scrutiny. This could potentially have significant implications for captain Luke Donald's plans to retain the title in 2025.
Rahm's Earnings Surpass Other Elite Athletes
Rahm's earnings far exceed those of other renowned athletes. Football stars Ronaldo and Messi reportedly earned £136 million and £130 million respectively in the past year. Boxing sensation Saúl ‘Canelo’ Álvarez's earnings pale in comparison to Rahm's, amounting to just £110 million.
A Love for Golf, Not Money
In a previous statement, Rahm emphasized that money has never been his driving force in playing golf. He stated that his love for the game and the desire to compete against the best players in the world are his primary motivations.
Surprising Timing and LIV Golf's Ambitions
Rahm's decision to join LIV Golf at this particular time is seen as a significant victory for Yasir Al-Rumayyan, chairman of Newcastle United. Al-Rumayyan, who also oversees LIV's parent organization, Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund, is set to meet with Monahan, head of the PGA Tour, to discuss a potential merger. Rahm's move serves as a reminder of LIV Golf's determination to make a mark in the industry.
Other High-Earning Athletes
Alongside Rahm, basketball star LeBron James and boxer Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez also rank among the highest-paid athletes in the world.
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