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Forbes.com: World's Highest-Paid Athletes

# 8 David Beckham

Total earnings: $47.2 million
Salary/winnings: $5.2 million
Endorsements: $42 million

Beckham announced his retirement from soccer after a five-month stay at Paris Saint-Germain, where Becks won his tenth league title to put a bow on his decorated 21-year career. Beckham donated his $5.3 million salary at PSG to a children’s charity. He can afford it. The British icon banked $42 million from commercial endorsements with sponsors like Adidas, Coty, H&M, Sainsbury’s, Samsung and his newest partner, Breitling. Beckham will be busy in retirement. He signed a multi-year deal to become an ambassador for the Chinese Super League, a role which will see him make three trips in 2013 to the country and play an exhibition game. He also plans to buy an MLS team, a contractual right he was granted when he joined the league in 2007. (Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

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