Underwriting with the stars

Inside the world of insuring high-caliber professional athletes

Updated: October 8, 2009, 4:29 PM ET
By Peter Keating | ESPN The Magazine

This story appears in the October 19 Body Issue of ESPN The Magazine.

How much is a vital body part worth?

For an athlete, it's like real estate. It's all about location -- and occupation, too. In 2006, David Beckham reportedly took out a $78 million policy for his legs. Just this past summer, fellow soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo was fouled so often that Real Madrid insured his lower body for $153 million. Outside of sports, celebrities have been insuring their ...

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