What is David Beckham's net worth?

What is David Beckham’s net worth and how, as one of the best footballers in the world, did he make his millions off the pitch?

David Beckham net worth
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Although the former Manchester United legend doesn’t make it into our richest person in the world list he is one of the highest-paid sports personalities in company with fellow footballer Christiano Ronaldo and former basketball player, Michael Jordan. With his wife – the fashion designer and former Spice Girls star Victoria Beckham – David Beckham has a combined net worth of £455million, according to the Sunday Times Rich List 2024.

We explore David Beckham’s net worth and how the retired football player continues to grow his wealth.

David Beckham’s net worth as a footballer

 David Beckham first shot to fame in 1996, when the Manchester United midfielder scored a goal against Wimbledon from the halfway line. His skills made headlines and inspired movies (2002’s Bend It Like Beckham). Over the next few years, Beckham became highly sought-after on and off the pitch – with sponsorships and endorsements bringing in as much as his footballing salary. It is widely claimed that during his time at Manchester United, he was paid around £1.5million (excluding bonuses) per season – six times what the average Premier League player earned.  

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By 1999, he was the second-highest-paid footballer in the world, according to The Guardian. The footballer spent more than two decades at Manchester United, where he won six premier league titles and lifted two FA Cups. In 2000, Beckham took over as the captain of the England national team, a position he held for six years. 

In 2003, Manchester United accepted a £25 million bid for Beckham from Real Madrid, where he played for four years alongside other renowned footballers, including Zidane, Ronaldo and Figo - in a squad that became known as the “Galácticos”.

David Beckham becomes a brand

Beckham leveraged his fame and popularity to explore money-making avenues that extended far beyond the sporting arena. In the 2023 Netflix documentary Beckham (produced by his creative agency, Studio 99), he explains how he was one of the first footballers to make global brand and image-rights deals with endorsements from Jaguar to Haig Club whiskey although his Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, was famously unhappy with this approach. As “Brand Beckham”, his relationship with Victoria was parlayed into an especially lucrative commercial partnership. 

Beckham landed a brand deal with Adidas in 2003 worth $160.8 million – one of the biggest sports sponsorship deals at that time. Other big brand endorsements included Calvin Klein, PepsiCo, Armani, and Samsung

The retired footballer

In 2013, Beckham hung up his boots after a 21-year career on the pitch. Within his first year of retiring, Beckham reportedly made $75million, more than he’d made during his entire footballing career.

Now the ex-footballer has multiple income streams, from his property investments in Miami, London, and the Cotswolds, to his football investments – he purchased US football (soccer) team Inter Miami FC for $25 million in 2007. The team now includes renowned football players such as Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez.

He also owns a stake in Authentic Brands, the parent company of brands like Reebok, Nautica, Juicy Couture, Ted Baker and Hunter and the magazine Sports Illustrated. Authentic Brands also owns the rights to the estates of celebrities such as Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe and Muhammad Ali. In one of his biggest, but most controversial deals to date, David Beckham signed a £150million 10-year deal with Qatar to be the country’s ambassador as well as the face of the 2022 World Cup. 

Beckham is a founding member of Malaria No More UK and the Victoria and David Beckham Charitable Trust which provides children with wheelchairs. He also supports 7 Fund Appeal for Ukraine, Help for Heroes and has been appointed as a UNICEF Ambassador for his work on children's rights.

Vaishali Varu
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