|Estimated value:||€400 million|
|Country of origin:||England|
|Source of Wealth:||footballer|
David Beckham is a former English footballer who retired aged 38 after the 2012/13 season. His inclusion in the list of the 125 best football players still alive at the time, compiled by Brazilian football legend Pele in 2004, serves as proof of his qualities on the football pitches of this world. The longtime midfielder is one of seven Englishmen represented in this illustrious circle. In addition to his earnings as a professional soccer player, Beckham was also endowed with highly paid advertising contracts. After the end of his career, the Englishman stayed with football. Together with a group of investors, Beckham founded the Inter Miami club, which has been playing in the professional soccer league Major League Soccer since 2020. Privately, the father of several families is married to Victoria Beckham, who gained worldwide fame mainly from her time in the pop girl group Spice Girls.
The son of a kitchen fitter and a hairdresser was born on May 2, 1975 in the London district of Leytonstone. Beckham inherited his parents’ passion for football from his parents, who were huge fans of Manchester United. The midfielder, known for his dangerous crosses and free-kicks, first came into contact with the city of Manchester at the Bobby Charlton football school, where Beckham won a training session with FC Barcelona in a talent competition. At that time, the national team captain of several years was working for the youth team Ridgeway Rovers, where he was coached by his father.
Although Beckham attended league rivals Tottenham Hotspur’s football school, the Englishman signed his first youth contract on 8 July 1991 with Manchester United. Winning the FA Youth Cup in 1992 was followed shortly thereafter by their first professional contract and professional side debut in the League Cup against Brighton & Hove Albion. As is customary in England, the talent was loaned out to Preston North End in 1995 for three months to gain match practice.
After his return to the legendary Old Trafford, Manchester United’s stadium, Beckham had a highly successful time with the English record champions. The kicker, who is usually used in the right midfield, scored 62 goals in 265 games and prepared numerous other goals. In May 2002, Beckham signed a new contract that made him the highest-paid soccer player in the world at the time. The attacking player made his debut for the English national team on September 1, 1996 against Moldova. Beckham captained the Three Lions between 2000 and 2006.
After falling out with his coach Sir Alex Ferguson, Beckham began a new chapter in his career in 2003 when he joined Real Madrid. However, the four-year stint in the Primera Division was not nearly as successful as that in England – Beckham only won the championship once with the top Spanish club.
This was followed by a move to the United States, where Beckham played for LA Galaxy for five years. During the season break, the Englishman was loaned out twice to AC Milan. In the first half of 2013, Beckham ended his career with Paris Saint-Germain – the midfielder only played ten games for the French.
Beckham experienced the highlight of his career before the turn of the millennium. In 1999 he won the treble consisting of the English Championship, FA Cup and Champions League with Manchester United. Unforgotten is the legendary final in the Champions League against Bayern Munich, when the English were down 0-1 until added time. Two late goals, each from corners kicked in by Beckham, turned the game around and lifted the trophy into the Barcelona night sky. On a personal level, Beckham can be particularly proud of his two second-place finishes in the 1999 and 2001 world footballer elections.
- “In my career I have won a lot and achieved a lot. But the greatest success for me are my children and my family. It’s about being a good father and a good husband and being as connected to your family as possible.”
- “Football is a magical game.”
- “I don’t do anything that I can’t give 100 percent for.”
- “Whatever I do, I want to be the best.”
During his time at Manchester United, Beckham was the victim of manager Sir Alex Ferguson’s legendary freak, who in anger kicked a dropped shoe after the FA Cup defeat by Arsenal in 2003. The shoe hit Beckham in the face, resulting in a bloody cut over the eye.
Because Beckham was in a relationship with the former Spice Girl and his now wife Victoria Beckham, he was given the nickname “Spice Boy”.
During his time with the national team, the long-serving captain was at times not well received by fans and the media. The trigger for this was his red card in the round of 16 at the 1998 World Cup against Argentina.
|Estimated value:||€400 million|