David Beckham the Tiger Woods of Soccer, or Is It Vice Versa?

Maybe because when you think soccer, you think David Beckham.

And when you think golf, you think Tiger Woods.

However, it's not just in the sporting sense that Woods and Beckham compare. They have both succeeded and suffered in their careers very similarly.  

Woods was rising as the best golfer in the world, winning his first Masters Tournament in 1997 and PGA Championship in 1999.

Meanwhile, across the pond, Beckham helped Manchester United become the first team to ever win the coveted treble—winning the English Premier League, FA Cup and UEFA Champions League—during the 1998-99 season. 

And from that success came the usual: money, fame, endorsements, notoriety. Both Woods and Beckham rode their success to levels not seen by many before. 

While still in Manchester United, Beckham signed a three-year extension in 2002 worth £90,000 a week. The contract made him the highest-paid playe...

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