Beckham brings in big bucks

Jul 7, 2007 - 12:33 PM By PA SportsTicker

LONDON (Ticker) -- Real Madrid made $600 million during David Beckham's four years with the club, according to marketing director Jose Sanchez.

The former England captain, who is set to make his debut for new club Los Angeles Galaxy in Major League Soccer later this month, moved to Spain in a $50 million transfer from Manchester United in 2003.

However, Madrid reportedly sold one million shirts within the first six months of Beckham's arrival and the money continued to roll in over the course of his contract at the Bernabeu.

"In four years Beckham played in Madrid we have generated more than 440 million euros ($600 million) in marketing and commercial activities," Sanchez said in the English newspaper The Sun.

"In that time, profits from merchandising increased by 137 percent," Sanchez said.

The Galaxy will hope for a similar windfall after signing the 32-year-old Beckham on a five-year contract which could be worth up to $250 million in salary and endorsements.

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