McIlroy joins Nike in blockbuster deal

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McIlroy joins Nike in blockbuster deal

ABU DHABI - World No. 1 Rory McIlroy on Monday confirmed he had signed on with sportswear and equipment giant Nike in a deal believed to be one the biggest sponsorship contracts in sport.

With the Abu Dhabi Grand Mosque lit up in the background, McIlroy stepped onto a stage wearing the Nike swoosh and revealed the clubs he will take into competition starting at this week’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship in the UAE capital.

No exact details of what the deal was worth were released, but press reports have estimated it could bring the 23-year-old Northern Irishman up to $250 million over 10 years.

Welcoming McIlroy to the Nike family were three of Nike’s famed stars - Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney, tennis great Roger Federer and 14-time Major winning Tiger Woods, who delivered video welcome messages to McIlroy.

McIlroy will face Woods in this week’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. AFP

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