Retiring isn’t always lucrative… unless your name is David Beckham. Since hanging up his cleats in 2013, Beckham reportedly made more money last year than he did any other year playing football with some of the world’s biggest clubs.
The former Manchester United and Real Madrid star was the best-paid footballer of his time but it turns out that retirement is even more lucrative for the star than his glory days.
The former England captain, 39, earned AU$97.4 million last year, despite having hung up his boots in 2013.
US magazine Forbes ranked Beck’s second on the list of highest-earning retired athletes – after basketball star Michael Jordan, 52, who took AU$129.2 million in 2014.
Following a successful 20-year football career, Beckham’s retirement earnings were ‘supercharged’ by a contract with drinks giant Diageo to launch Haig Club whisky and a deal with Global Brands Group in Hong Kong that netted him more than AU$26 million last year.
Forbes said: “The deals also have significant potential thanks to Beckham’s ownership stake in the ventures.
“Doing business with Brand Beckham tends to be good business for everyone involved.”
Other endorsements include Adidas, Sky Sports, Breitling watches, Samsung and H&M.
He also has a partnership with the cosmetics firm Coty, which sells Beckham branded fragrances such as Instinct worth more than £67million a year.
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