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Tom Brady, the man with a golden touch

Washington, Feb 12 (efe-epa).- Not only is Tom Brady the first American football player to win seven Super Bowls but he is also one of the sport’s most astute entrepreneurs, capable of turning everything he touches into gold.

His name is already written in the annals of NFL history, he holds the most victories as a quarterback, 264, most MVPs in the Super Bowl, the longest touchdown  — the list goes on. The former New England Patriots legend is now at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and, at the age of 43, he helped turn the team’s fortunes around in more ways than one — the Bucs went from a winning percentage of 0.387 to victory at the Super Bowl in the space of a year.

“Brady will bring more than his arm to Tampa Bay,” Mike Ozanian wrote in Forbes when the move to the Bucs was but a rumor. “He will bring his brand, and the Glazer family, which owns the Bucs, hopes that will bring a boost to the team’s brand.”

The premonition came true, proving Brady’s golden touch both on and off the pitch. It didn’t start that way. Brady began his NFL career in 2000 when the Patriots chose him in the sixth round of the draft — at the back of the line. Within two years he was a regular starter in Boston and, in 2005 he hosted SNL, which catapulted him into the public eye.

He has gone on to model for Under Armour, and Aston Martin and, in 2013, Brady launched his own nutrition brand, which earns him about £20.3 million a year. Brady and his wife, Brazilian model and businesswoman Gisele Bündchen, use social media to boost both of their high-level profiles.

Add to this his football salary — he was the highest-paid Super Bowl player this year with a salary of $25M (although he was not the highest paid in the NFL) — and you get the 21st highest paid sporting figures in the world, according to Forbes in 2020. EFE-EPA

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