Jude Bellingham’s Earning Potential Soars Thanks to Global Endorsement Deals

Jude Bellingham’s Earning Potential Soars Thanks to Global Endorsement Deals

England and Real Madrid midfielder Jude Bellingham is becoming a global superstar. Now the face of Kim Kardashian’s underwear brand SKIMS, English football’s poster boy has been catapulted into celebrity stardom beyond the realms of sport.

When the 20-year-old arrived in Madrid to join the Spanish giants, just under 12 months ago, the footballing world already suspected that he would go on to do great things in the game.

In just one season in Spain, the Real Madrid star – who will play a key role in England’s Euro 2024 campaign this summer – has become football’s most valuable player. He proved pivotal for his side all campaign which culminated in winning club football’s biggest prize, the Champions League.

But it’s off the pitch where his stock has risen exponentially in the past year. He is becoming arguably the most marketable young sportsperson on the planet.

Thought to be earning £220,000 per week at Madrid, as well as raking in the money from brand partnerships with likes of adidas, Lucozade, and now SKIMS, Bellingham’s fortunes are skyrocketing.

Jude Bellingham’s newest brand deal with SKIMS has risen his stock outside of football 

The 20-year-old is reportedly making £220,000 per week at Spanish football club Real Madrid

The 20-year-old is reportedly making £220,000 per week at Spanish football club Real Madrid

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His meteoric rise to stardom outside of football is reminiscent to that of former England heartthrob David Beckham. The former England captain’s fame off the pitch perhaps made him more of a celebrity than on it.

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Beckham is arguably better known to the world for his business and modelling exploits than his glittering career that spanned 21 years and saw him play for many of the world’s biggest clubs, such as Manchester United and Real Madrid.

After he started dating his now-wife Victoria Beckham, opportunities outside of football began to arise. His collaborations with brands like adidas, Pepsi, and Vodafone plastered his face on to adverts and billboards around the globe.

Now, Bellingham is following a similar path and has caught the attention of companies around the world who all want a slice of him.

Just last year, Bellingham was wanted by luxury French fashion, Louis Vuitton, renowned for being extremely particular when it comes to the sporting stars they work with. Now, it’s SKIMS and adidas who are reaping the rewards.

Sports lawyer and commercial expert, Daniel Geey – who works with the likes of Declan Rice – explained why Bellingham and his team will have been seeking sponsors that can thrust him into the limelight.

Geey told Mail Sport: ‘There are a few things to consider when superstar footballers are entering into big brand deals, one of the things is exposure.

‘With Kim Kardashian, she’s got over 350 million followers [on Instagram], and she’s just posted about the latest SKIMS deal, and also he’s alongside other brand partners like Usher, Neymar Jr and Patrick Mahomes.

Last year the England midfielder was subject to huge interest from fashion brand Louis Vuitton

Last year the England midfielder was subject to huge interest from fashion brand Louis Vuitton

‘He’s the iconic footballer that’s doing incredibly well with Real Madrid, as well, and SKIMS isn’t the only deal. He’s obviously got a fantastic deal with adidas. He’s got a very big Lucozade deal as well.

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‘He is looking to create that brand Bellingham and ensure that his commercial team are looking out for the brand deals that resonate with him, but also provide exposure, which he is obviously already doing on the pitch.’

Just two days after Bellingham’s big reveal as an underwear model for Kardashian’s brand, the train that is his marketing strategy gathered even more pace, as he was subject to a huge new advert released by adidas.

The iconic sportswear brand has been spearheading the Englishman’s promotion, just like they did with the likes of Lionel Messi, and of course Beckham. 

The advert reinforces the importance of the star to the kit manufacturer, and Geey – who launched his new book ’50 Ways Into Football’ alongside former FA editor Dan Freedman on Wednesday – has revealed how his contract with adidas may have been amended to allow for deals with affluent brands.

He has signed a multi-year partnership with popular sports drink Lucozade

He has signed a multi-year partnership with popular sports drink Lucozade

‘The interesting thing around that [the SKIMS deal] is because usually, the boot deal that players sign with adidas or Nike can have quite a lot of restrictions around what types of other brands they can work with.

‘It would have been interesting for that negotiation that he had with adidas to carve out underwear from the deal.

‘And if he is going to do deals with whoever it might be in the future, or has done with Louis Vuitton or otherwise, that sort of high-end luxury brand element would have to be carved specifically out of the adidas deal to make sure that those restrictions weren’t in place.

‘Those brand and boot manufacturers want to make sure that there is as little crossover effectively. So it doesn’t dilute the brand messaging.’

Due to playing for Real Madrid, Bellingham’s revenue situation for such deals is different to that of the players who play their football elsewhere.

adidas usually have restrictions in stars contracts around working with other brands

Bellingham would have had to negotiated a deal with adidas to ensure he could work with SKIMS

Bellingham’s contract with adidas will have been modified to allow him to work with SKIMS

‘Real Madrid do usually take a portion of the player’s image rights,’ Said Geey. ‘So, they are effectively sharing in the commercial upside of their player’s deals, and that is part of the deal that is signed when they sign with the club because they’re going to a club of such stature.

‘So, Madrid is sometimes seen as the outlier, where the player will have to pay some of their image rights, but will share in the revenues of those image rights.

‘Whereas players from most other clubs across the world, when it comes to their personal endorsements, their image rights company will make almost all of the revenue, as a result.’

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