MLS Expansion Team is Going to Happen in Miami

MLS is expected to make an announcement "in the coming months" about a new franchise based in Miami, Florida. It's still unknown when MLS Miami will ultimately join the league.

"We look forward to working with David, Todd Boehly (majority owner of the franchise) and their partners to finalize their expansion plan," an MLS spokesman said." David Beckham and his partners have committed a significant amount of time and resources to put everything in place to bring Miami the elite-level soccer team and stadium it richly deserves."

MLS's expansion isn't slowing down. According to Sports Illustrated, the league will pick two cities to be the home of expansion clubs on December 14 as MLS owners meetings take place in New York City. The finalists, according to the report, are Sacramento, Cincinnati, and Nashville. MLS currently has 22 teams in the league, with Los Angeles FC joining next season.


How much money did David Beckham make as a player?

David Beckham posing for razr

Manchester United

David Beckham made his professional soccer debut at the age of 17 with Manchester United where he played for nine seasons, during which the English squad won the Premier League title six times, the FA Cup twice, and the UEFA Champions League once.

Real Madrid

In 2003, Becks was traded to Real Madrid where he played the next four seasons and won the Supercopa (2003) and Liga (2006-07). His annual salary with los blancos was around $13 million.

Although his first priority was to remain in Spain, it was only the departure of president Florentino PĂ©rez that scuppered the renewal of his terms: “I had a contract for four years and had talks with Florentino Perez to renew for another four, but Florentino left, and there was no agreement with the new president. I wanted to stay, but when Florentino left, everything went wrong.”

Los Angeles Galaxy

In 2007 he signed a five-year contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy, making him the highest-paid player in Major League Soccer. He made $12 million in his first season.

Beckham returned to Europe, playing on loan from the Galaxy for the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 seasons with AC Milan.

Paris Saint-Germain

He played in 2013 with Paris Saint-Germain (he signed a 5-month deal in January 2013). Beckham's Paris Saint-Germain salary was $5.3 million, but he confirmed that his entire salary during his time in France would be donated to a local children's charity.

Off the pitch

Beckham is a sought-after model and spokesperson, having represented Pepsi, Calvin Klein, Adidas, Vodafone, Gillette, and others.

During his career with Real Madrid, his off the pitch deals generated close to $22, but half of that money went to the Spanish club (in that amount is not included the jerseys with his number and name on the back).

Of the $49 million he made in 2007 to make him the highest-paid soccer player in the world, $37 million was from image rights, including a portion of the proceeds from 300,000 Beckham Galaxy jerseys sold, and endorsements from the likes of AdidasPepsi, and Coty.

The superstar further fueled his hype by signing a three-year Armani underwear contract in November of 2007, worth upwards of $20 million. The deal launched with a series of ads showing Beck proactively posed in only the designer's drawers.


How much does David Beckham make after his retirement?

In 2014, his first full year of retirement, David Beckham posted the highest earnings of his life with $75 million (his previous high was $51 million in 2012 when he was still playing for the Galaxy). He ranked second behind Michael Jordan in Forbes’ look at the highest-paid retired athletes in 2014.

Beckham maintains his pitchman role in retirement. He and Jordan are the only two sports celebrities in the top 20 of Repucom's global index of consumer perceptions of stars.

Becks shills for Breitling, Sky Sports, Belstaff, and Adidas but what really supercharged his earnings in 2014 were two deals with significant upfront payments and considerable upside: Diageo and Hong Kong-based Global Brands Group.

Haig Club

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Beckham and Simon Fuller partnered with beverage giant Diageo to launch a new single grain Scotch whiskey, Haig Club. They will work with Diageo on strategy, positioning and to develop its scotch brand. Beckham is also a shareholder in the Haig business.

Global Brands Group

David Beckham and Fuller will own 50% of a joint venture that develops Beckham-branded consumer products globally in categories like menswear and luxury goods. The enterprise might decide to start new brands, partner with existing ones or use ones from the Global Brands arsenal: Calvin Klein, Cole Haan, Tommy Hilfiger and dozens more.


Beckham is celebrating its decade-long partnership with Coty this year. The company sells more than $100 million annually worth of Beckham’s signature fragrances. The association, which was recently extended through 2017, kicks off an estimated $6 million annually for Beckham.


Beckham partnered with the Swedish retailer in 2012 for a line of bodywear at 1,800 stores. The venture expanded with swimwear in 2014. A new range of menswear this year will grow product offerings, as well as Beckham’s take from the partnership.

Kent & Curwen

In September of 2015, David Beckham signed a five-year deal with Kent & Curwen. Beckham will reportedly design a capsule collection called Kent & Curwen, Inspired by David Beckham for a fall 2016 launch. It will include accessories, eyewear and boy’s clothing.

Beckham will play a multifaceted role in expanding the British brand’s appeal to younger consumers, and he will be personally involved in all aspects of the brand’s business, including product development, market expansion, advertising and store design and location.

Endorsements in China

In 2014 Becks signed a deal with Jaguar in China, continuing a recent trend of expanding Brand Beckham in the world’s most populous country.

He also inked a multi-million deal in February 2013 to be an ambassador for the Chinese Super League, the country’s soccer association.

Other endorsements in China:

- China Auto Rental, China’s leading car rental brand.

- Sands China, a division of Las Vegas Sands. The Sands deal involves the development of dining, retail and leisure concepts at properties in Macao and Singapore.


David Beckham's neck tattoo

David Beckham's neck

In 2004, David Beckham decided that he needed a new tattoo, the first one on his neck. He had Manchester-based tattoo artist Louis Malloy, who had inked most of his tattoos, flown into Madrid, where he was playing at the time, to ink it.

David Beckham's neck tattoo features a four-by-six-inch, gothic-style outline of a cross accompanied by two intricately-inked angel’s wings. It is placed just above from the tattoo dedicated to his son Romeo, inked in 2002. His neck tattoo was his ninth overall one.

According to Louis Malloy, the neck tattoo “It’s a religious iconography. Like a protective talisman over his children. David just loves his tattoos. He’s a very good customer.”

British fans and tabloids had mixed reactions about this tattoo. Some thought that the neck tattoo and newly Beckham’s shaved head made him look like a “hooligan.”

In his autobiography, David Beckham: My Side, Becks reveals some of his thoughts on tattoos:

"The idea came to me much later, a little while after Brooklyn was born. I was talking to Mel B, and her then-husband, Jimmy Gulzar, and the subject of tattoos came up. I ended up going to this Dutch guy who'd done all of Jimmy's. I'd finally realized what I wanted a tattoo to represent. Mine are all about the people in my life, my wife, and sons, who I want with me always. When you see me, you see the tattoos. You see an expression of how I feel about Victoria and the boys. They're part of me."