11/17/17

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.

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