David Beckham’s Net Worth
He is one of the biggest names in global sports history but do you actually know what David Beckham’s net worth looks like? It’s a mighty £300 million. How did he make such a substantial pot of money? Let’s find out.
The early years
Beckham was born in London and raised in Essex by Manchester United mad parents Ted and Sandra. Both his mother and father were working class with a ‘silver spoon’ nowhere to be seen. His youth was spent dreaming of nothing but a career in professional football. His tireless practice didn’t take long to pay off. By age 12 Becks was taken into the Tottenham Hotspur academy.
After four years at the North London club, Beckham traded the capital for Manchester as he signed a youth deal with United. His most notable contribution to the youth side was a goal in the final of the 1993 youth cup triumph. First team appearances didn’t take long to follow.
Master of Manchester
After turning in a series of impressive displays for the youth side, Beckham made his senior debut from the bench in September 1993. It took another 12 months for the right midfielder to win his first start. By December of the same year he was scoring his first United goal in a Champions League tie.
After a loan spell at Preston North End gave Beckham more experience under his belt, he returned to Old Trafford ready to help Sir Alex Ferguson’s team to establish years of domestic domination with some older heads leaving the club. Beckham, who provided a very different outlet to his predecessor, Andrei Kanchelskis, on the right hand side was instrumental as United won the league and FA cup double.
At the start of the 1996/97 season Beckham hit that goal against Wimbledon and then, fast forward a year, and he was donning the iconic number seven shirt. He went on to win nine major trophies with United before a rumoured spat with Ferguson due to his lifestyle outside of football expedited his exit.
Becoming a Galactic one
When Beckham eventually left United, everything in the media suggested a move to Barcelona was on the cards. Instead, he joined their bitter rivals – Real Madrid. The number seven was gone. Number 23 was about to become legendary. The expensively assembled squad struggled to compete with a quite marvellous Barcelona side during Beckham’s four seasons in Spain. Beckham started to take on the role of scapegoat towards the end of his time in Madrid. He penned a deal with LA Galaxy after it was stated he wouldn’t play for Real again.
Beckham, the ultimate pro, continued to train hard and worked his way back into Fabio Capello’s squad. Not only that, he inspired Real to the only real silverware he won in Spain, which was the La Liga title. Real desperately fought to keep him. It was too late and Becks was gone.
A farewell tour?
Beckham claims his move to Major League Soccer was about playing football and promoting the sport in the US. Others insisted it was an early retirement option with the possibility of a lavish life in Los Angeles. Beckham is the only one who really knows the truth but one thing is for sure. He put the MLS on the map.
Beckham helped the Galaxy to back to back MLS cup wins in 2011 and 2012. Despite that his desire to play football at a better level was evident. Beckham had enjoyed loan spells in Milan between US seasons and called time on his Galaxy career early to join Paris Saint Germain for a final hurrah where he donated all of his wages to a local charity. The five month deal he penned in France’s capital certainly gave him the send off he wanted as he added the Ligue 1 title to his trophy cabinet whilst the PSG squad gave him a fitting tribute too.
England’s most hated to England’s most loved
Beckham’s life with the Three Lions on his chest was far from straight forward. Things started off alright for him. He first helped England to qualify of France 1998 and then made the finals squad with he and United teammate Gary Neville working well together down the right flank. What happened in the tournament though left somewhat of a sour aftertaste for a lot of fans back in England.
Glenn Hoddle’s team made it into the last 16 and were in with a decent chance of progressing against Argentina. Then came the incident that resulted in effigies of Beckham being burned. Diego Simeone went in hard on Beckham but dropped to the floor like a sniper had picked him off when the Englishman retaliated with a petulant kick. A red card was shown. England eventually crashed out on penalties.
By the back end of 2000, Sven Goran Eriksson had named Beckham captain. The skipper transformed his fortunes with the fans entirely with what is probably his most memorable moment in an England shirt. The Three Lions were on the brink of failure to qualify for the 2002 World Cup when Beckham delivered a trademark free kick with the last kick of the game to snatch a 2-2 draw with Greece and send England through.
By the time he retired from the game, Beckham had won 115 caps (59 as captain) for his country. It made him the most capped outfield player until he was surpassed by Wayne Rooney.
Away from the pitch
If you focused on Beckham away from the pitch you could fill thousands upon thousands of internet pages. Ferguson lambasted Beckham in his own autobiography citing a personality shift after he married Victoria aka Posh Spice from the pop group the Spice Girls. It wasn’t just his wife that was turning heads though with brand Beckham gaining serious space with the paparazzi. Beckham was a genius on the field of play but his hair style was hogging front page headlines.
Beckham – along with Victoria – have built up arguably the biggest fan base in the world of celebrities with Golden Balls, as he was known in his playing days, raking in modelling deal after advert after goodness knows what. Everyone wanted a slice of Beckham. He knew it. He loved it too.
That all said, Beckham is reportedly one of the most down to earth people you can meet. Nowadays, he owns a share of lower league English club Salford with Gary Neville and a few of the other class of 92 group whilst his Inter Miami side are currently undertaking their first year in the MLS after Beckham capitalised on a clause in his LA Galaxy deal that allowed him to create a club.
Throw into the mix all of his endorsements and it’s easy to see why David Beckham’s net worth is up at £300m. It doesn’t even include wealth that belongs to Victoria Beckham!