The car collection includes two Bentleys, a BMW 645, a Range Rover Sport and his Lamborghini Gallardo worth £170,000 are all expected to go, along with three Harley-Davidson motorbikes.
Born in Leytonstone, East London, England in 1975, David Beckham is an internationally famous soccer star and lends his name to global advertising brands. With his dashing good looks and athletic fame, his name and face is known around the world.
He was captain of the English national soccer team from 2000 to 2006, scored in three different FIFA World Cups, and played midfield for clubs in Manchester, England, Madrid, Spain, and Milan, Italy; he also won the MLS Cup playing for Los Angeles Galaxy in 2011.
He was brought up by his parents, supporters of , attended Bobby Charlton’s football school in Manchester, and won a spot in a training session at FC Barcelona as a child. From 1992 - 2003 Beckham made almost 400 appearances for Manchester United and scored 85 goals, although his official record counts only 62 goals in 265 official senior team's matches. In the 1998 FIFA World Cup he played all of England's qualifying matches and scored in several important victories.
But it’s not been all smooth sailing for Beckham and the media. In a soccer match against Argentina, he was cited for violent conduct. Subsequently, England was eliminated from the contest, and Beckham was cited as the cause. This made him the target of criticism in a media blitz, but that has not affected is star power for endorsements.
Beckham earns some $32 million a year, topping many lists of the highest-earning soccer players, and he earns more from endorsements than any other player in the game.
His handsome face landed him a contract with Gillette that is supposed to be his biggest single endorsement at an estimated 9 million dollars for three years. He also is affiliated with Police sunglasses, clothiers for the U.K. retailer Marks & Spencer, Pepsi, Vodafone mobile phones, and one of Adidas’ top models.
Beckham did make a fashion mistake, or rather an endorsement blunder. When he was under contract with Brylcreem the hair gel giant, he shaved his head!
One of the places where he enjoys the most notoriety is Asia. They are warming up to soccer in a big way and Beckham is one of their favorites—especially with the young ladies in Japan where he received rock star treatment during the 2002 World Cup finals. Asia generates a quarter of his endorsement earnings.
In 2003 although Manchester United made Beckham the world's highest-paid soccer players with a three-year, $22 million contract in 2002.
In 2006 Beckham is dropped from England’s national team after playing 94 games, including three world Cups in 1998, 2002, and 2006 and a European Championship.
Next stop: USA After resigning in England he was acquired by an American Soccer team. The soccer star signs a reported $250 million, five-year contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy, igniting a media storm. "We sold 5,000 season tickets in less than 48 hours," Tim Leiweke, a Galaxy executive. Beckham played a total of 30 matches when he was playing with the Galaxy, contributing five goals and 12 assists and the Galaxy finished 11th in 2007 and 12th in 2008 out of 13 teams. This record is not what is expected of a player costing 10 million dollars a year. He returned to England after two years in the U.S.
Despite his lack luster performance on the U.S. soccer team and his lack of playing time, he did inspire a new generation of soccer players in America.