David Robert Joseph Beckham OBE (born May 2, 1975) is an English footballer who has played for Manchester United, Real Madrid, AC Milan, in the US soccer league and Paris St Germain. Outside of football, he also created his own brand of clothing, and is one of the most iconic sportsman.Beckham is the 2nd most capped England player of all time (115). He is also the only Englishman to score in three different World Cups. Beckham has twice been voted the runner-up for FIFA World Player of the Year. He was captain of the English national team from 15 November 2000 to 2 July 2006.Beckham’s career began when he signed a professional contract with Manchester United, making his first first-team appearance in 1992, at the age of 17. While with Manchester United he played a key role in their dominance of the FA Premier League, being pivotal in accomplishing The Treble of the League, FA Cup, and UEFA Champions League in 1999. During this time, he was managed by Alex Ferguson. Allegedly Ferguson once threw a shoe at Beckham in the changing room. Though, despite their differences they have mutual respect.
In 1999, he married Victoria (one of the Spice Girls).
The couple have four children.
“David Beckham is Britain’s finest striker of a football not because of God-given talent but because he practises with a relentless application that the vast majority of less gifted players wouldn’t contemplate.” (May 17, 2013, Guardian)
He left Man Utd to become only the third Englishman to sign for Real Madrid in 2003, after Laurie Cunningham and Steve McManaman.
In 2006, after England’s exit at the World Cup in Germany, he stood down as captain and was then succeeded by Chelsea captain John Terry. Beckham was dropped from the England national team selected by coach Steve McClaren on 11 August 2006.
In his first world cup, David Beckham was sent off in the quarter final against Argentina for a petulant kick – a game England went on to lose. This made him a public enemy number one. However, he redeemed himself during the next few seasons. In particular, his spectacular last minute free kick against Greece to enable England to qualify for the 2002 World Cup finals.
Senior Career David Beckham
Team – Appearances (Goals)
- Manchester United – 265 – (62)
- Preston North End (loan) – 5 – (2)
- Real Madrid -116 – (13)
- Los Angeles Galaxy – 98 – (18)
- Milan (loan) – 29 – (2)
- Paris Saint-Germain – 10 – (0)
Total 523 appearances (97 goals)
England 115 appearances – (17 goals
Career highlights with Manchester United
- UEFA Champions League (1): 1998–99
- Premier League Titles (6): 1995–96, 1996–97, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2002–03
- FA Cup (2): 1995–96, 1998–99
Career highlights with Real Madrid
- La Liga (1): 2006–07