£50m-a-year Becks makes MORE since hanging up his boots: Two mega deals help make him world’s second highest-earning retired sportsman
Beckham made £50.5million last year despite hanging up his boots in 2013
Forbes rate him second on the list of the highest-earning retired athletes
Has deals with drinks firm Diageo as well as Adidas, Sky Sports and Samsung
He was the best-paid footballer of his time – but it turns out that retirement is far more lucrative for David Beckham than his glory days on the pitch.
The former England captain, 39, made £50.5million last year, despite having hung up his football boots in 2013.
US magazine Forbes puts him second in a list of the highest-earning retired athletes after basketball star Michael Jordan, 52, who took £67million in 2014.
David Beckham at a photocall during the filimg of a Diageo advert from its new single grain whisky, Haig Club, which the former footballer endorses
After Beckham ended his 20-year football career, his earnings were ‘supercharged’ by two deals that netted him more than £13.5million last year.
It says: ‘Beckham was the top-paid player in soccer, including endorsements, for most of the last dozen years of his career.
‘But in his first full year of retirement, Beckham posted the highest earnings of his career with $75 million [£50.5 million] in 2014. His previous high was $51 [£34.3 million] in 2012.’
One was with drinks giant Diageo to launch Haig Club whisky. The other was with the Global Brands Group in Hong Kong to create his own branded products such as clothes and luxury goods.
The former England captain has also fronted a campaign for H&M underwear, right, and has a partnership with Coty, which sells Beckham fragrances
Forbes said: ‘The deals also have significant potential thanks to Beckham’s ownership stake in the ventures.
‘Beckham remains one of the top product pitchmen in sports, with a dozen deals to his name, including four in China.’ Other endorsements include Adidas, Sky Sports, Breitling watches and Samsung.
He also has a partnership with the cosmetics firm Coty, which sells Beckham-branded fragrances such as Instinct worth more than £67million a year.
Forbes said the contract, which runs into 2017, makes an estimated £4million annually for Beckham. read more