Jon Rahm, more than Cr7 and Messi together

After the news of Jon Rahm's transfer to LIV Golf, the Saudi Super League not recognized by the official world ranking, details emerge on his agreement of an astonishing value

by Andrea Gussoni
Jon Rahm, more than Cr7 and Messi together
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After the news of Jon Rahm's transfer to LIV Golf, the Saudi Super League not recognized by the official world ranking, details emerge on his agreement of an astonishing value. Rahm chose to leave the PGA Tour and DP World Tour, risking jeopardizing his Ryder Cup and Olympic futures.

Jon Rahm, earnings

The Spanish golfer justified his decision by saying that "money matters". His salary is insane and will allow him to become the highest paid athlete in the world, with an estimated earnings of around 465 million euros.

The 'Daily Mail' reports that Rahm will earn almost three times more than Cristiano Ronaldo, who according to Forbes earns 158 million euros per season, and Messi with 151 million euros. Rahm will essentially earn around 155 million euros more than Ronaldo and Messi combined.

After joining the professional ranks the day after the US Open, Jon Rahm was deprived of his qualification for the 2016 British Open. It was during the Quicken Loans National tournament that the young golfer, although new to the professional world, , makes a strong impression.

For two consecutive days, he remained at the top of the rankings, and finally finished third, four strokes behind the winner Billy Hurley III. This performance then allowed him to regain his place at the British Open, the Quicken Loans National being one of the qualifying tournaments.

He later placed second at the RBC Canadian Open, giving him special status as a temporary member of the PGA Tour for the remainder of the season. And by accumulating enough points as a non-member, he managed to obtain his PGA Tour card, allowing him to participate in the 2017 season.

On January 29, 2017, he won the Farmers Insurance Open thanks to a remarkable putt 60 feet for an Eagle on the last hole. Shortly after, he also announced his participation in the PGA5 European Tour. In March of the same year, he competed in the first tournaments of the World Golf Championships, the WGC-Mexico Championship, which he finished third, then the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, a match-play tournament during which he rose to the top.

final, beaten by the American Dustin Johnson, current world number 1. He will finally close the year by winning his second title, and first on the European Tour, at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, with an incredible six strokes lead over the runners-up.

In July 2018, he made his Ryder Cup debut with the European team and contributed to their victory by scoring a point against Tiger Woods. Between 2017 and 2021, he won six tournaments on the PGA TOUR, attesting to his position among the most talented players on the international golf scene.

On July 19, 2020, he climbed the world rankings to become world number one, joining the prestigious group of Spanish golfers such as Severiano Ballesteros. On November 10, 2020, he dazzled the golf world with a masterstroke at the Augusta Masters pre-tournament in the United States, a feat that many consider to be the shot of the century.

On June 20, 2021, he won his first major at the US OPEN on the Torrey Pines golf course (South) in San Diego, making him the first Spaniard to win this prestigious tournament. On April 9, 2023, after having already won three victories since the start of the 2022-2023 season, he collected a new victory at the Augusta Masters with a comfortable lead of 4 strokes.

He thus became the fourth Spanish player to win this tournament, but also the only one to have won both the Masters (2023) and the US Open (2021) during his career, thus attracting praise from around the world for his exceptional achievements on the green.

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