Wayne Rooney tops Premier League rich list

United's Wayne Rooney celebrates a goal against Reading on March 16, 2013
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Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney is the Premier League's richest footballer, according to the Sunday Times Rich List.

Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney is the richest footballer in the Premier League with a fortune of £51m.

According to the Sunday Times Sport Rich List, the 27-year-old beats teammate Rio Ferdinand to top spot after increasing his wealth by £6m in the past year.

Ryan Giggs makes it three United players in the top four with a fortune of £34m, the same as Frank Lampard, who is Chelsea's richest player.

They are among 24 Premier League players to be included in a list of the 100 wealthiest sportsmen in Britain.

Premier League top scorer Robin van Persie is worth £12m, making his first appearance in the main list.

David Beckham is the richest sportsman in Britain with a wealth of £165m.

That puts Beckham at number 11 on the world sport rich list, which is topped by Tiger Woods, whose worth reaches £570m.

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo were the only two other footballers to make the top 20 of the world sport rich list, worth £125m and £120m respectively.

The list is based on land, property, assets such as art and racehorses or shares in companies, while bank accounts are not included.

Premier League rich list:
1. Wayne Rooney, £51m
2. Rio Ferdinand, £42m
3. Michael Owen, £38m
4. Ryan Giggs, £34m
5. Frank Lampard, £34m
6. Steven Gerrard, £33m
7. Fernando Torres, £26m
8. John Terry, £24m
9. Joe Cole, £21m
10. Petr Cech, £20m
11. Paul Scholes, £19m
12. Ashley Cole, £18m
13. Damien Duff, £18m
14. Carlos Tevez, £18m
15. Yaya Toure, £17m
16. Jamie Carragher, £16m
17. Dimitar Berbatov, £15m
18. Ji-Sung Park, £15m
19. David Silva, £15m
20. Emmanuel Adebayor, £14m
21. Sergio Aguero, £14m
22. Michael Carrick, £12m
23. Phil Neville, £12m
24. Robin van Persie, £12m

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