David Beckham earns more in retirement than he did in a year of playing soccer

David Beckham Makes More Money in Retirement Than He Did in Soccer
David Beckham Makes More Money in Retirement Than He Did in Soccer

Retiring isn't always lucrative ... unless your name is David Beckham. Since hanging up his cleats in 2013, David Beckham reportedly made more money last year than he did any other year playing soccer.

The celeb just had his highest-earning year ever, raking in a staggering $75 million, Forbes reported. "His previous high was $51 million in 2012," the site explains.

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That makes him the second highest-earning retired athlete behind Michael Jordan, who has made upwards of $100 million since retiring in 2013.

Becks is still in high demand as a product pitchman. That's evidenced by his many deals ranging in fragrances, clothes, whiskey and underwear -- not to mention his global deals with Adidas and Samsung.

Beckham may not stay on the bench forever, though. Since leaving the field, he has dropped some hints that he may want to get back in the game. The Daily Mail reported that last June, he sparked rumors with a statement he made in in the BBC documentary "David Beckham: Into The Unknown."

Becks said, "Now I go to watch a basketball game and, when you are watching athletes play at the top of their game, for me it gives me that itch again and I want to be back in the game then and I start thinking to myself "Could I play again? Could I go back? Could I come out of retirement and start playing again?"

NBC's Pro Soccer Talk also wondered if we were "about to see Becks make a stunning return and become a player-owner in MLS?"

Perhaps this year's cool $75 million has changed his mind.

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