David Beckham 'is earning more as icon in FIFA 21 than he did playing football ...

David Beckham is reportedly earning more by appearing in video game FIFA21 than he did playing real football.

The star, 45, is thought to have won a £40million three-year deal to star as a special icon player in the game on PlayStation and Xbox, reports The Mirror.

During his playing career, David made around £100,000 a week at and signed a £25million five-year deal in his move 2007 to LA Galaxy. 

Big earner: David Beckham is reportedly earning more by appearing in video game FIFA21 than he did playing real football (pictured playing for Manchester United in 1996)

Big earner: David Beckham is reportedly earning more by appearing in video game FIFA21 than he did playing real football (pictured playing for in 1996)

A source told the publication: 'FIFA makers EA Sports offered him £30million over three years but he managed to get a better deal.

'It is a big addition to the Beckham brand and the easiest money he's ever made.' 

An icon player in FIFA can be purchased using game coins, with other now-retired stars such as Pele and Gary Lineker also available to join virtual matches.

MailOnline has contacted a representative for David to request a comment.

David has also been celebrating his return to FIFA on Instagram and joked that the exciting new signing might help improve his standing with his sons. 

New project: The retired footballer, 45, is thought to have won a £40million three-year deal to star as a special icon player in the game on PlayStation and Xbox (pictured in the video game)

New project: The retired footballer, 45, is thought to have won a £40million three-year deal to star as a special icon player in the game on PlayStation and Xbox (pictured in the video game)

The retired star said: 'I'm so proud to be returning to EA Sports with my FIFA 21 Beckham Edition cover.

'Excited to be back on the pitch as an icon with some of my old teammates! Maybe @romeobeckham and @cruzbeckham will think I am a cool dad now.' 

And as well as celebrating his virtual move into the game, David and his wife Victoria are also said to have been enjoying I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!.

It has been claimed that the couple are big fans of Beverley Callard, who played Liz McDonald on Coronation Street, and are hoping she'll be crowned winner.

On the pitch: A source said the FIFA role was the 'easiest money' David, who earned £100,000 a week at Manchester United, had made in his career (pictured in 2002)

On the pitch: A source said the FIFA role was the 'easiest money' David, who earned £100,000 a week at , had made in his career (pictured in 2002)

Exciting: David also shared the news that he was becoming a FIFA icon on Instagram, saying he was 'proud' to be back on the cover

Exciting: David also shared the news that he was becoming a FIFA icon on Instagram, saying he was

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