David Beckham is one of the most famous soccer players in recent memory, and one of the richest. But while most soccer players are ultimately judged by their play on the pitch, it could be said that Beckham’s fame comes as much from what he has done off of the field as what he has done on the field. During his playing days, the now-retired midfielder became known for his technique of “bending” the ball. This consisted of striking the ball with the instep of his foot in a way that made the ball curve in ways that were confusing to a goalie. People liked the bending so much that a movie was made about it, and it made Beckham one of the most popular athletes in the world.
Now, David Beckham’s playing days are behind him, but he’s still making as much money as ever. He has an undeniably attractive face, so he’s constantly doing advertisements for clothing and cologne brands. He’s married to one of the Spice Girls, who is really rich as well. He is heavily involved in charity work, and is working on bringing an expansion soccer team to Florida. Without having to lace up his boots any longer, he is still one of the highest paid soccer players in the world. Let’s take a look at how David Beckham earned all of his money.
David Beckham’s Net Worth In 2018 – $350 Million
How Did David Beckham Make His Money And Wealth?
David Robert Joseph Beckham was born in London, England on May 2nd, 1975. He’s currently forty one years old. He has two sisters, one older and one younger. His mom was a hairdresser and his dad was a plumber. He started playing soccer at a young age, while in elementary school. Beckham has said in interviews that he knew, ever since he was a small child, that all he wanted was to be a professional soccer player. He says that when his teachers asked him what he wanted to be, he would tell them he wanted to be a soccer player, and that he would not back down when they told him to pick something more realistic. He attended church every Sunday as a child so that he could play for the church’s team. As a teenager, he developed a love for the team Manchester United. His parents were also big fans of Manchester United, and would travel to watch games at Old Trafford. Young Beckham started to have success with soccer as a young man, getting a spot on Tottenham Hotspur’s youth team. On his fourteenth birthday, he signed a youth deal with Manchester United, his favourite team.
David Beckham played his first game for Manchester United in 1995, and would make a few appearances for the team that season. He was part of a youth movement that also included young players like Gary Neville, Phil Neville, and Nicky Butts. All of these players, along with Beckham, would go on to have long, successful careers with Manchester United. However, at the time, the team was criticized for using young players from the youth program instead of signing star players from other teams. Over time, Beckham and his teammates would go on to prove the detractors wrong. Beckham’s career took a shift around 1996, when he became a starter on the team and started playing consistently well. An early career-defining moment came in which he scored a very famous goal from the half way line, noticing that the goalie was out of position. Over his next five years with Manchester United, Beckham’s time was full of ups and downs. He played consistently well, scoring incredible free kicks and making remarkable long passes. At the same time, he was criticized by fans, coaches, and teammates for his life away from the field. His celebrity marriage had given him less time for training, and some felt that it had changed him. At times his temper would flare up, resulting in dirty play and red cards. In 2003, he was signed by Real Madrid and moved to Spain.
Beckham’s move to Real Madrid came with a predictable storm of publicity, as he was one of the highest paid and most popular soccer players in the world at the time. As would continue to happen later in his career, his move had a direct financial benefit for his new team, as merchandise sales increased based on his popularity. The team he played on at Real Madrid was packed with superstars like Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo, Roberto Carlos, and Luis Figo. He would have ups and downs with the team and headed to the United States in 2007 to play for LA Galaxy. Much was made of his massive contract with LA Galaxy, and the idea that he might be able to popularize soccer in the United States. From that point on, he would be transferred pretty often. He played for LA Galaxy, was on loan for Milan and Paris Saint-Germain. He won a league championship with LA Galaxy, and played his last professional soccer game for PSG in 2013.
David Beckham Personal Life And FAQ
Is David Beckham Married?
In the year 1997, it became public knowledge that David Beckham was dating Victoria Adams, who was much more widely known as Posh Spice, one of the Spice Girls. At that time in the late ’90s, Manchester United were playing very well and were one of the best club soccer teams in the world. Additionally, the Spice Girls were enjoying massive success as well, and were one of the biggest pop groups in the world. As a result of the fame of Beckham and Adams, their relationship was big news. They were called “Posh and Becks” in the media, and the English media was, and still is, completely obsessed with the couple. Beckham proposed in 1998, and the two of them were married in 1999. Their wedding was a big deal in the media as well, and was said to have costed around half a million pounds. David and Victoria have been married since, but there have been rumours of infidelity in their relationship. Back in 2004, Beckham’s former personal assistant claimed that she had had an affair with Beckham. A week after that, an Australian model claimed that she had slept with Beckham while he was married as well. Beckham dismissed both allegations. In 2010, there were rumours that Beckham had slept with a prostitute in the magazine In Touch. Beckham tried unsuccessfully to sue the magazine, but the magazine did admit that the allegations weren’t true.
Does David Beckham Have Kids?
David Beckham has four children: a seventeen year old son named Brooklyn, a fourteen year old son named Romeo, an eleven year old son named Cruz, and a four year old daughter named Harper. Elton John is the godfather to two of Beckham’s sons. All three of his sons have followed in their dad’s footsteps in that they play soccer. All three of them have played for Arsenal Academy in London, no doubt owing to their dad’s influence to at least some degree. Two of Beckham’s sons have also followed after their dad in that they’ve done modelling for magazines.
Here Does David Beckham Live? Picture Of Beckham’s House
As one of the most high-profile British athletes and celebrities, David Beckham’s place of residence has always been of note in the media. Back when he was in his early days with Manchester United, he bought his first house when he was only twenty years old. David and Victoria bought their most famous house in 1999, It was a giant mansion that the media started calling “Beckingham Palace.” They sold the house in 2014 at a massive property and bought a way more expensive house. Their new place is in Holland Park in London, and costed forty five million pounds in 2014. They spent another three million pounds fixing the house up before they moved in. It is said that Beckham suffers from obsessive compulsive disorder. As a result of that, everything in his house has to be lined up and in pairs. If there are, for example, three cans in the fridge, he will throw one of the cans in the garbage so that there will be a clean pair of cans.
How Much Did David Beckham Earn Last Year?
Even though David Beckham’s playing days are behind him, he’s continuing to make money at a rate equal to or greater than during his playing days. In fact, last year was the most profitable year of his career, as he is said to have pulled in around $75 million dollars. That makes him the second highest paid retired athlete, after Michael Jordan. His second highest paid year was around $51 million back in 2012. He is one of the most heavily marketed athletes in the world, appearing in ads for an insanely long list of companies. For example, he was paid over thirteen million dollars to appear in perfume ads in 2007. He has consistently been one of the most Googled people in the world since his ascent to fame. He has worn Adidas boots for his whole career, and signed a lifetime deal with the company back in 2003 that is worth $160 million. Honestly, there could be an entire book written on Beckham’s endorsement deals but as a general rule, if you can think of a company, he has probably done ads for them.
David Beckham’s Charity Work
With a certain amount of money and fame comes a certain amount of obligation to give time and money back to the public in exchange for the money and lifestyle the public has given you. David Beckham has always been a vocal supporter of UNICEF, and became a global ambassador for the charity around a decade ago. He has travelled to impoverished countries across the world to spread awareness about childhood malnutrition and hunger. He is also a supporter of various charities that raise awareness and funds for AIDS related issues.
David Beckham has been known to reach out to sick kids, especially kids with cancer, and talk to them and give them merchandise. He is a founding member of an organization that is trying to eradicate malaria, and has appeared in television advertisements about combatting malaria. He has also appeared in a number of commercials and ad campaigns for US-based charities since moving to Los Angeles. Many of these charities are aimed at helping under privileged inner city youth.