Rory McIlroy has been unveiled as Nike’s new brand ambassador in Abu Dhabi, making him one of the highest paid sports stars in the world.
The exact detail of the sponsorship may never be revealed, but it has been reported to be worth around $100m (£62m) to $125m (£77m) over five years.
Tiger Woods has been Nike’s standard-bearer for 16 years, but the world number one will be paid even more.
“I chose Nike for a number of reasons,” said McIlroy. “They are committed to being the best, as am I. Signing with Nike is another step towards living out my dream.”
“Rory is an extraordinary athlete who creates enormous excitement with his on-course performance while, at the same time, connecting with fans everywhere,” said Cindy Davis, President of Nike Golf.
“He is the epitome of a Nike athlete, and he is joining our team during the most exciting time in Nike Golf’s history. We are looking forward to partnering with him to take his remarkable career to the next level.”
The announcement was made ahead of the the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.