Courtesy of today's Sunday Times. Andy Carroll or more likely his odious agent are good at something.
Andy Carroll has scored just three league goals for West Ham this season, but is one of the nation’s richest players
Andy Carroll and Daniel Sturridge are two of the surprise names to feature in The Sunday Times Sport Rich List, published today. The list, which includes only active sports stars with homes in the UK, is topped by golfer Rory McIlroy, whose fortune is calculated at £110m. Andy Murray, with £83m, is second.
Of the 15 others on the list, 14 are footballers, with boxer Anthony Joshua the other. It is no surprise that Gareth Bale (£74m) and Sergio Aguero (£48m) are included, but the presence of Carroll and Sturridge will raise eyebrows.
Carroll has made just seven Premier League starts this season for his club West Ham and scored only three goals. As for Sturridge, he moved to West Bromwich Albion on loan from Liverpool in January after injury problems over the previous two years. At the end of March, it was calculated that he had cost West Brom a whopping £50,000 a minute since his move, having played only 77 minutes of football.
Since the start of the 2016-17 season, the 28-year-old striker has made a total of 14 Premier League starts for the two clubs, scoring five goals. West Brom were relegated last week.
Sturridge, with £19m, and Carroll (£17m) rank ahead of Kevin De Bruyne, who has starred in Manchester City’s title-winning season. The pair have benefited from some lucrative transfer deals. Carroll moved from Newcastle to Liverpool for £35m in 2011, and then joined West Ham in 2013 for £15m. Sturridge started his career at Manchester City and then joined Chelsea when he was 19. Three-and-a-half years later, he was signed by Liverpool.
Bale, Aguero and Joshua are third, fourth and fifth respectively on the list. Coming after them are Eden Hazard and Mesut Ozil, though it is slightly surprising to see Theo Walcott above Paul Pogba, whose £89m move to Manchester United in 2016 broke the British transfer record.
In a 12-year stint at Arsenal, Walcott won two FA Cups. He left the Emirates in January, agreeing a reported £20m move to Everton. He is unlikely to be part of England’s World Cup squad.
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