Arguably the most famous soccer player in the world, David Beckham boasts a career that spans two decades and six soccer clubs, including elite teams like Manchester United, the England national team and Real Madrid. He and his wife, Victoria Beckham, form one of the wealthiest celebrity couples in the world.
On May 2, the soccer icon, model, spokesman and fashion mogul turns 41. Here is a look at David Beckham’s life, career and net worth.
David Beckham Net Worth: $350 Million
David Beckham’s net worth is estimated at $350 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth, a celebrity finance outlet. In 2013, Forbes ranked Beckham No. 19 on its list of the richest celebrities in the world and No. 8 on its list of the richest athletes.
Beckham earned a salary of $5.3 million from Paris Saint-Germain in 2013, according to TheRichest, which tracks celebrity earnings. He was paid $3 million by the Los Angeles Galaxy in both 2011 and 2012, and $6.5 million from 2007 to 2010 as part of a five-year deal worth $250 million. In 2008, the star player earned $50 million between his salary and endorsement deals.
David Beckham’s Career and Achievements
David Beckham joined the legendary Manchester United soccer club in 1993 when he was just 18 years old and achieved starter status by age 20. During the 1996-1997 season, he captured the attention of the soccer world when he famously scored from the halfway mark and went on to win his first of six Premier League trophies.
In 1997, Beckham was named the Professional Footballers’ Association Young Player of the Year. One year later, he was one of the stars of England’s World Cup team.
During the 1998-1999 season, Beckham won both the UEFA Club Footballer of the Year and UEFA Club Midfielder of the Year awards. In 2001, the phrase “bend it like Beckham” entered the lexicon, after he hooked a last-minute, curving free kick past the Greek goalie to launch England into the World Cup finals.
In 2003, Manchester United fans were shocked to learn that David Beckham had been acquired by rival team Real Madrid. The star had signed a $22 million deal with Manchester just one year earlier. In the 2006-2007 season, Beckham raised the La Liga trophy with Real Madrid before moving once again — this time across the Atlantic — to join the Los Angeles Galaxy.
In 2008, Beckham was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame. The following year he beat Bobby Moore’s record of 108 caps for the title of England’s most capped outfield player — a record he would eventually extend to 115. In 2010, Beckham was honored with the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award.
On May 16, 2013, a few days after winning a title with Paris Saint-Germain, Beckham announced his retirement, bringing an end to his 21-year career. The athlete was 38.
David Beckham’s Endorsements
David Beckham’s on-field prowess, coupled with his handsome face, helped him become one of the best-paid celebrity spokespeople in the world. He earned $13 million from endorsements in 1998 and signed a $3.26 million deal with Pepsi the following year.
In 2002, Beckham landed a contract worth $4.9 million with Marks & Spencer, and in 2007 he inked a $32.7 million deal to endorse Armani underwear. He scored three big endorsement contracts in 2008 — $1.8 million each from Vodafone and Police sunglasses and $8.02 million from Gillette.
The athlete earned $42 million from endorsements in 2013 alone.
David Beckham’s Personal Life and Family
In 1997, David Beckham met Victoria Adams, known to her many fans as Posh Spice of Spice Girls fame. In 1999, the couple had their first child, Brooklyn, who is a successful model and recently appeared in Miss Vogue.
Two months after Brooklyn’s birth, the couple married in an extravagant $800,000 wedding at an Irish castle. They went on to have three more children — a daughter, Harper, and two sons, Cruz and Romeo. Romeo earned $68,000 fronting a Burberry Christmas advertising campaign, according to entertainment news website Life & Style.
Some estimates put the Beckhams’ combined net worth at $771 million. Along with her Spice Girls fortune, Victoria Beckham’s net worth includes $91 million from her fashion business. The Beckham brand name is currently worth $106 million and, if the rumors are true about the Beckhams trying to land a reality show, they might soon be adding to their fortune.
How the Beckhams Spend Their Wealth
The Beckhams don’t skimp when it comes to luxury. Since her 1999 marriage, Victoria Beckham has upgraded her engagement ring 13 times. David Beckham, on the other hand, owns a fleet of luxury vehicles, including a Porsche 911, an Audi S8, a Ferrari, two BMWs, a Bentley Arnage and a Lamborghini Gallardo.
Additionally, the couple recently bought a country estate in England for $39.36 million. Boasting 10 bedrooms, six bathrooms and enough land for 380 soccer fields, it was the most expensive country home purchased in England in 2015.
The epitome of rich and famous, the Beckhams are one of the wealthiest and most successful power couples in the world. David Beckham will turn 41 not as a soccer player but as a global superstar whose name and image are worth more than most people could ever hope to accumulate.