In a jaw-dropping move, Scotland’s star fly-half Finn Russell is set to light up Bath Rugby next season with a mega-bucks deal, catapulting him into the stratosphere as the highest-paid player in World Rugby.
In an age where the sport’s financial allure dominates the headlines, there may be a few puzzled faces questioning how Bath successfully secured Russell’s position as the highest-earning player in global rugby.
Nevertheless, they’ve achieved the feat, and now Russell finds himself in the elite company of the top earners in the world of sports, comfortably mingling with the heavyweights atop rugby’s paycheck pyramid.
So, who else is in this exclusive club? Naturally, the details are as tightly guarded as a royal secret, but we’re dishing out the reported earnings of a few of rugby’s major moneymakers right here:
#5. Owen Farrell (Saracens)
The England captain inked an agreement to remain with Saracens in 2020, securing his tenure until at least the 2023 World Cup. Speculation had arisen earlier this year regarding a substantial new contract that could potentially reach approximately £820,000, though these reports lacked confirmation.
It had been disclosed previously that he had deferred 90% of his salary to assist the club in managing the financial challenges brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic.