David Beckham only behind Michael Jordan as best paid ex-athlete

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If Forbes' annually discouraging "rich list" is anything to go by, David Beckham is earning more than he was in his lucrative playing career.

Thanks to a plethora of advertising collaborations with brands ranging from Adidas and H&M to Samsung, Sky Sports and Breitling watches, the former England captain is doing very well indeed.

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Cashing in

Although Beckham was one of the best-paid footballers of his time, it appears that he has found the pastures of retirement and subsequent advertising campaigns far greener than those of a football pitch. 

Since hanging up his boots in May 2013, the Englishman has reportedly made more money last year than he did any other year during his footballing career.

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Best year ever

According Forbes the former Manchester United and Real Madrid icon has had his highest-earning year ever, cleaning up a momentous $75 million. Not too shabby when you consider that his previous record-breaking earnings were $51 million in 2012.

Beckham, however, is not the highest earning retired athlete. That accolade goes to Michael Jordan, who made $100 million in 2014 courtesy, in the main, of the Nike-owned Jordan Brand.

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