Freddie Flintoff Net Worth: How Much Does Cricket Pay?
He’s the Lancashire lad who tore up the cricket scene and is now a presenter on the world’s most famous car show.
But what is Freddie Flintoff’s net worth?!
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Freddie Flintoff’s net worth is £16.5 million.
Where did it all start?
It would appear that cricket was in Freddie’s blood as his father, Colin, was the captain of Dutton Forshaw second XI cricket team.
Despite gaining 9 GCSEs and being academically gifted, he decided that education was not for him and so he left school when he was 16. Throughout his childhood Flintoff played cricket for both the under-11s and under-15s Lancashire schools teams. Once he had left school, he became a professional cricketer at 16 and played for the England under-19’s team for two and a half years.
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He ended up captaining the England under-19s team when they went for their initial ‘Test’ match tour in 1996/7 to Pakistan as well as when Zimbabwe played the England squad in 1997.
Flintoff made his debut in 1998 when he played at Trent Bridge against South Africa. It was during this time that Freddie was known as a bit of a ‘fat lad’ and recently admitted that the new fame had gone to his head.
He was drinking, partying and spending his money – we all remember THAT Top Gear episode when he admitted that his first ever car was a £35,000 Porsche Boxster! Meaning that Andrew Flintoff’s net worth was decent even when he was in his twenties.
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When he took cricket seriously…
Freddie admitted that his Porsche Boxster taught him that if he took care of his health and started working on his technique, the houses and money would follow. Hence, just in time for the 2005 Ashes, he was ready for anything.
Although, there were worries that he wouldn’t be able to play in the series, as early in the year, Freddie had surgery on his ankle. However, he recovered sooner than expected, highlighting just how important it was for him to play – do you think the money had anything to do with it?
Freddie did so well in the 2005 Ashes that he was awarded numerous accolades. Australian coach, John Buchanan, named him the ‘Man of the Series’; he also won the inaugural Compton-Miller medal; and he was given the Freedom of the City of Preston by the town’s mayor.
His success in 2005 meant he served as both captain and vice captain of the team from 2006 and onwards.Freddie was plagued with a knee injury due to his heavy frame and bowling action and so retired from test cricket after the 2009 Ashes series. Talking about the retirement, he said:
‘Since 2005 I have just been plagued with injury so I’ve got the opportunity now to finish on a high by helping England to win the Ashes and it will give me great pleasure if I can play my last Test at the Oval and we can win the Ashes – it doesn’t get any bigger than that’.
He stated that he would still play One Day International cricket and Twenty20 International matches. In 2010, he announced his retirement from all future cricket.
His time as a TV presenter…
In 2010, Freddie was named as one of the team captains on the Sky One show, A League Of Their Own. Hosted by James Corden, the show sees Freddie and fellow team captain, Jamie Redknapp go head to head in challenges.
The one in which Jamie enjoys a luxurious massage from a highly-trained reflexologist. Not really, it’s the one where @Flintoff11 tickles Jamie’s legs and messes up his skin. 😂 @joshwiddicombe @ALOTO pic.twitter.com/YYj2iRy7OR
— Sky One (@SkyOne) January 27, 2019
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Freddie has also produced a show, Freddie Flintoff: Hidden Side of Sport, where he reveals his own battle with depression as well as other sports stars Steve Harmison, Vinnie Jones and Ricky Hatton to discuss their journey with mental illness.
In 2015, Freddie was named the champion of the Australian version of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!.
That isn’t the only Australian show that he has been part of, in December 2016 he hosted a cooking show called, Freddie Fries Down Under, where he also drove around Australia in a van. He is currently a presenter of Australian Ninja Warrior.
Most recently, Freddie has found fame as a presenter of the famous BBC show, Top Gear. He is one of the new faces of the show with Paddy McGuinness after Matt Le Blanc left the show earlier this year.
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Freddie has also been part of the shows Let’s Get Gold; Trollied; Cannonball; Love, Lies & Records; and All Star Musicals.
Other media deals…
Freddie has released numerous books in his career: Being Freddie: My Story So Far (2005); Freddie: My World (2006); Andrew Flintoff; My Life in Pictures (2004); Second Innings: My Sporting Life (2015); Freddie Flintoff: Ashes to Ashes (2009); Good Times, Bad Times (2008); Do You Know What? Life According to Freddie Flintoff (2018).
Freddie, his close friend Robbie Savage (known for being a captain of Blackburn Rovers) and Matthew Syed (an ex-professional table tennis player) host the BBC Radio 5 Live podcast: Flintoff, Savage & The Ping Pong Guy. As can be expected, the podcast discusses any topical sporting events.
People love the podcast so much that it has won various awards, including Best Podcast and Best New Show at the 2017 Radio Academy Awards and Freddie also won the Best New Presenter category!
Freddie has teamed up with the clothing brand, Jacamo, to release his own range. Discussing the venture on his website, he states:
‘When it comes to what I wear, I know what I like. I don’t mess about. When I’m busy I don’t want to have to spend ages worrying about outfits and what goes with what. It’s about clothes that are comfortable and look stylish. […] It’s fashion that men want to wear’.
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How do his housing ventures affect his net worth?..
Last year, the cricketer managed to make a £3 million profit on a house that he and his family – wife, Rachel Wools Flintoff, whom he married in March 2005, and their three children: Holly, Corey and Rocky – have NEVER lived in.
The mansion, which is situated on ‘the most expensive road in the north’, is located in Macclesfield and was bought for £1.8 million in 2008.He never lived in the house as whilst the house was still under construction, the family moved to Dubai before finally moving back to England and settled down in Surrey. Freddie completely re-did the house: he added a gym, two swimming pools and an advanced remote control, which powers everything in the house – from the bath to the lights.
The works took almost two years to complete.Freddie was initially renting out the house to Peter Crouch and his family, but has now sold the property to Manchester City player Benjamin Mendy.
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That wasn’t the only real estate venture that Freddie tried last year. It was reported that he was in discussions to build a new set of block towers – which are to be known as ‘Flintoff Towers’. Set to be located in Castlefield, Manchester (near Mancunian Way).
However, his plans were put on halt as the plans were rejected for being too tall. In June this year, Freddie re-applied but for 23-story towers, rather than 35. The development was approved in July 2019.
That means one thing: his net worth can only go up!