Becks' Carbon Footprint Bigger Than His Cleats

Soccer celeb flew distance to moon for games, photo ops in '07
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 24, 2008 2:00 PM CST
England captain David Beckham and coach Sven Goran Eriksson step off the plane as the England team arrive back from the FIFA World Cup Finals at Heathrow Airport, in London on June 22, 2002. DIGITAL IMAGE....   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – David Beckham may bend it on the pitch; off it, he might have broken records with the largest carbon footprint ever, Fox Sports reports. British environmental group Carbon Trust analyzed the output of Becks' travel and homes, finding the soccer star responsible for 163 tons of carbon dioxide annually. The Carbon Trust puts an average Briton's yearly use at 9.4 tons.

Beckham flew 250,000 miles in 2007 due to double obligations with the Los Angeles Galaxy and England’s national team, and he and Posh flew so much for advertising gigs they racked up 50,000 frequent-flier miles. "He should use his celebrity status to make people aware of the damage that traveling can cause to the planet," said a Carbon Trust spokesman.