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Frequent-flyer Becks' life in the clouds

January 1, 2004
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There's little doubt that David Beckham is living the ultimate jet-set lifestyle, as the footie ace has taken a staggering 57 flights since moving to Spain a few months ago.

The England-skipper has flown a total of 53,488 miles since he started playing for Real Madrid in August. He has taken numerous flights to away games with the club, not to mention touring the Far East, taking a holiday in France and making quite a few trips home to England.

He also jetted out to Switzerland to take part in a charity football match for Unicef. And just before Christmas he flew himself and his family out to Lapland, so that Brooklyn and Romeo could meet Santa in person.

In total he has spent 145 hours – the equivalent of more than six days – in the air. The cost of all those first class tickets would be around £200,000 for a normal businessman. But Becks has a special deal with the firm Bookajet, which gives him reduced prices on private jet hire. And his club picks up the bill for travel to Real Madrid games, while the Football Association covers the cost of his England matches.

There's little doubt that the midfielder, who earns £100,000 a week, can afford to splash out, however. Among his Christmas shopping was a £27,000 Renault sports car for baby sister Joanne.

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Over the last few months the soccer ace has spent an incredible total of six days in the air

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