David Beckham was born David Robert Joseph Beckham on May 2, 1975, in Leytonstone, London, England. Beckham knew he wanted to be a footballer since he was a kid. His parents were avid supporters of Manchester United. Beckham attended a Bobby Charlton football school in Manchester and later played for Ridgeway Rovers, a local youth team his dad coached. He began his youth career at Tottenham Hotspur and later Brimsdown Rovers before signing a Youth Training Scheme contract with Manchester United in 1991.
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He Made His Club Career Debut With Manchester United in 1992
David Beckham made his senior club career debut with Manchester United in 1992 at the age of 17. He played for United for 9 seasons from 1992 – 2003. During these periods, Beckham went on loan at Preston North End from 1994 – 1995. During his 9 year spell at United, Beckham won 6 Premier League titles, 2 FA Cup titles and a UEFA Champions League title in 1999.
In the summer of 2003, he joined Spanish club Real Madrid on a 4-year deal worth €35 million. He won the La Liga title in 2007, his final year with the club. Beckham then joined MLS’s LA Galaxy on a five-year contract worth US$32.5 million. He returned to Europe on loan to Italy’s AC Milan in 2009 and 2010. After his spell at LA Galaxy ended in 2012, he signed a 5 month deal with the French Ligue 1’s PSG.
Beckham also played international football with the England National team. He made his debut on 1 September 1996 at the age of 21. He captained the England team for 6 years. Beckham ended his two-decade-old football career in 2013. The year he retired, Beckham was named the world’s highest-paid footballer with a total earning of over $50 million from the past 12 months. He frequently ranked among the highest earners of the game thanks to his marketable abilities.
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Life After Retirement and How He Makes His Money
During his football career, Beckham earned more from off-pitch duties and after retirement, he kept up with these duties. For example in his final year as an active athlete, Beckham earned about $50 million and just $5.3 million came from his salary playing for PSG, he earned over $40 million from lucrative endorsement deals. Beckham has moved from representing luxury brands to establishing his own brand. His Beckham brand is said to be more valuable than the British royal family.
In Forbes list of highest-paid retired athletes 2016, Beckham ranked 2nd place behind Michael Jordan with total earnings of $65 million. Contributing to his earnings are his 5-year deal with Kent & Curwen worth $8 million per year, and a $5 million a year deal with Chinese real estate company, Luneng. Beckham has a lifetime endorsement deal with Adidas worth $160 million. Beckham edged closer and established himself as a co-owner of Miami MLS in January of 2018, which saw him join the billionaires club.
A Look at David Beckham’s Tattoos
David Beckham has about 40 tattoos on his body which represent and talk about the important people in his life. David started applying ink on his skin in 1999 after the birth of his eldest son Brooklyn. He tattooed his name on his lower back. He followed that design with tributes to his other sons Romeo and Cruz. His three sons are together represented with the cherub he inked on his back while his only daughter is depicted with the word Pretty lady which was inked on his neck.
David shows that he is quite religious as most of the tattoos on his body talks about his religion which is Christianity. His right arm is most crowded with tattoos depicting this. The most prominent tattoo about his wife Victoria is tattooed on his left arm.
The large design has the words ‘forever by your side’ latter added to it. In recent times, he got “99” tattoo on his right little finger to mark the year he got married to his wife. Learn more about his body arts here.
David Beckham Met His Wife Victoria Adams in 1997
David started dating Victoria Adams of the popular pop music group Spice Girls in 1997. The two met when Victoria attended one of Manchester United matches at which time the team was enjoying a run of success in the EPL. Victoria was popularly known as Posh Spice and her relationship with famous Beckham was one that the media can’t talk less about. The duo was tagged “Posh and Becks” by the media.
On January 24, 1998, in a restaurant at Cheshunt England, David proposed to her and she accepted. By 4 July 1999, they got married at Luttrellstown Castle in Ireland in a wedding ceremony which the media was shut away from. Beckham has an exclusive deal with OK! Magazine to report the event but pictures of the couple sitting on a golden throne at the wedding venue still found its way out.
Their Marriage Has Produced 4 Children
David and Victoria have produced 4 children in their marriage. Their eldest son named Brooklyn Joseph was born on March 4, 1999, in Westminster London. His birth was followed by that of Romeo James 3 years later. Romeo was born on 1 September 2002 in same Westminister London while they had their youngest son Cruz David on 20 February 2005 in Madrid Spain. The last child and only daughter of the family Harper Seven was born on July 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Beckham’s 3 sons have all played football in the Arsenal U16 team.
What is David Beckham’s Net Worth?
Together with wife Victoria, The Beckhams have a combined Net Worth of $730 million, making them one of the richest families in Hollywood. David Beckham on his own has a net worth of $450 million as of 2020.
|Also Known As:||DB7, Golden Balls, Becks, Dave|
|Famous For:||Co-owner of Inter Miami CF and co-owner of Salford City.|
|Birthday & Zodiac |
|Age/Date of Birth:||2 May 1975|
|Birth Place:||Leytonstone, London, England|
|Ethnicity/Race:||Half English and half Jewish|
|Country of Residence: ||United Kingdom (UK)|
|Height:||5feet,11inches (1.8 m)|
|Weight:||75 kg (165lbs)|
|Other Body Measurements:||Chest: 42 Inches |
Waist: 32 Inches Biceps: 14 Inches
|Spouse/Partner:||Victoria Beckham (m. 4 July 1999)|
|Family and Relatives|
|Father:||David Edward Alan Beckham|
|Mother:||Sandra Georgina West|
|Children:||4 children: |
Brooklyn Beckham ( 4 March 1999)
Romeo James Beckham (1 September 2002)
Cruz Beckham ( 20 February 2005)
Harper Seven Beckham (10 July 2011)
|Siblings:||Joanne Louise Beckham|
Lynne Georgina Beckham
|Other Relatives:||Joseph West (Maternal grandfather)|
Peggy West(Maternal Grandmother)
Aubrey Edward Jack Beckham(Paternal grandfather)
Doris May Hamilton(Paternal grandmother)
|Estimated Net Worth:||$450 million|
|Source of Wealth:||Endorsement deals, Own companies (DB Ventures, Beckham Brand Holdings)|