Beckham tops football's rich list
December 7, 2006 10:44am CST
David Beckham is British football's richest player with a personal fortune of £87m, according to a new poll. Beckham's wealth is almost three times that of the next richest player, Michael Owen, who is worth £32m. Robbie Fowler has amassed £28m, followed by Sol Campbell (£27m), Rio Ferdinand, Ryan Giggs and Andriy Shevchenko (all £22m). Roman Abramovich is comfortably the richest investor in British football, with a fortune of £10.8bn. Despite his enormous wealth, Abramovich is only the second richest man in the country, behind steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal, worth an estimated £13.2bn. It is thought that Abramovich has ploughed around £440m into Chelsea. After Abramovich the next richest investors in British football are Spurs stakeholder Joe Lewis (£2.1bn) and Celtic shareholder Dermot Desmond (£1.25bn), according to the survey in FourFourTwo magazine. Beckham earns £4.4m per season at Real Madrid and has a number of lucrative sponsorship deals that earned him £19m last year. Wayne Rooney and his fiancée Coleen McLoughlin could threaten the Beckhams in future years, with their fortune up to £20m from £6m last season. FOOTBALL'S RICH LIST David Beckham £87m Michael Owen £32m Robbie Fowler £28m Sol Campbell £27m Rio Ferdinand £22m Ryan Giggs £22m Andriy Shevchenko £22m Thierry Henry £21m Wayne Rooney £20m Michael Ballack £18m FOOTBALL'S TOP INVESTORS R Abramovich (Chelsea) £10.8bn J Lewis (Spurs) £2.1bn D Desmond (Celtic) £1.25bn M Glazer (Man Utd) £1.05bn T Hemmings (Ch'ton, Preston) £900m Sir A Sugar (Spurs) £790m R Lerner (Villa) £789m D Murray (Rangers) £650m S Keswick, family (Cheltenham) £644m D Sullivan (Birmingham) £595m wish i too was a footballer .