What next for David Beckham?
David Beckham savoured his first pay packet of �120 as a Manchester United apprentice � and it started him on the road to a fortune now estimated at �165million.
The former England captain’s announcement on Thursday that he will hang up his boots at the end of the season should not diminish his commercial appeal as the most famous man in world football.
Sources close to Beckham say he will spend the next few months considering numerous different offers before deciding on his next big move after announcing his retirement from playing.
The 38-year-old already has a number of contracts as an ambassador, plus other lucrative endorsement deals that have contributed to his wealth.
Owning a MLS club
One definite long-term aim will be to own a franchise in Major League Soccer in the United States — the current fee to buy in is 40million US dollars (£26million) but Beckham has made it clear that he will pursue that avenue.
He has also recently signed up to two ambassadorships — one with China and another with Sky Sports, with the latter reported to be worth £20million over five years.
There are certain to be offers from England’s Football Association for Beckham to become an ambassador for the English game — FA chairman David Bernstein spoke yesterday about the wish to form a “close association” with England’s most-capped outfield player.
He has also worked as an ambassador for the charity UNICEF, and currently has endorsement deals including those with Adidas, H&M, Sainsburys, Breitling and COTY.
Business analysts Forbes estimate Beckham earned £33million last year of which only £4million came from his playing salary and the rest from endorsements which are set to continue beyond his retirement.