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Editor's Viewpoint: Striking it rich

Rory McIlroy, this newspaper's Sports Star of the Year, is a sporting genius.

Officially recognised as the best golfer on the planet he is a shining ambassador for this province at a time when we need good news. Yet even his most ardent fans will find the value of his new Nike contract mind boggling. He will earn a reported £150m over the next 10 years. That is the equivalent of £30,000 a day - or 365 times what most of us would regard as a decent annual salary. Is any sportsman worth that amount? Nike think so and that, really, is all that matters.

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