David Beckham

 

Overview of life

David Robert Joseph Beckham, OBE (born 2 May 1975) is an English footballer who currently plays for French Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain. He has played for Manchester United, Preston North End, Real Madrid, Milan, Los Angeles Galaxy and the England national team for which he holds the appearance record for an outfield player. Beckham's professional career began with Manchester United, making his first-team debut in 1992 aged 17. With United, Beckham won the Premier League title six times, the FA Cup twice, and the UEFA Champions League in 1999. He left Manchester United to sign for Real Madrid in 2003, where he remained for four seasons, winning the La Liga championship in his final season with the club. In January 2007, it was announced that Beckham would leave Real Madrid for the Major League Soccer club Los Angeles Galaxy, signing a five-year contract on 1 July 2007. While a Galaxy player, he spent two loan spells in Italy with AC Milan in 2009 and 2010. On 20 November 2011, he joined an elite group of players to have won three league titles in three different countries, when Los Angeles won their third MLS Cup. In international football, Beckham made his England debut on 1 September 1996, at the age of 21. He was made captain from 15 November 2000 until the 2006 FIFA World Cup finals, during which he played 58 times. He earned his 100th cap against France on 26 March 2008, and became the all-time outfield player appearance record holder on 28 March 2009, when he surpassed Bobby Moore's total of 108 caps. With 115 career appearances to date, he has stated that he does not intend to retire from international football. Having missed the 2010 World Cup through injury, Beckham has not played for England since 14 October 2009. He remains 10 caps short of the record number of 125 caps by goalkeeper Peter Shilton, for a player of any position. Beckham has twice been runner-up for FIFA World Player of the Year and in 2004 was the world's highest-paid footballer when taking into account salary and advertising deals. Beckham was the first British footballer to play 100 Champions League matches. He is third in the Premier League's all time time assist provider chart, with 152 assists in 265 appearances. When joining the MLS in 2007 he was given the highest player salary in the league's history, with his playing contract with the Galaxy over the next three years being worth US$6.5m per year. He is married to Victoria Beckham and they have four children – Brooklyn Joseph, Romeo James, Cruz David, and Harper Seven. In 2009, the couple's joint wealth was estimated at £125 million

Individual

  • Premier League Player of the Month (1): August 1996
  • PFA Young Player of the Year (1): 1996–97
  • FWA Tribute Award: 2008
  • Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year (1): 1996–97
  • England Player of the Year: 2003
  • UEFA Club Footballer of the Year (1): 1998–99
  • UEFA Club Midfielder of the Year (1): 1998–99
  • Premier League 10 Seasons Awards (1992–93 to 2001–02):
    • Domestic & Overall Team of the Decade
    • Goal of the Decade (vs. Wimbledon, 17 August 1996)
  • BBC Sports Personality of the Year (1): 2001
  • UEFA Team of the Year#Team of the Year: 2001,2003
  • Real Madrid Player of the Year (1): 2005–2006
  • PFA Team of the Year (4): 1996–197,1997–98,1998–99,1999–2000
  • FIFA 100
  • ESPY Award – Best Male Soccer Player: 2004
  • ESPY Award – Best MLS Player: 2008
  • English Football Hall of Fame: 2008
  • BBC Sports Personality of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award (1): 2010
  • MLS Comeback Player of the Year Award (1): 2011
  • Major League Soccer Best XI: 2011
  • ESPY Award: Best MLS Player 2011

Individual

  • Premier League Player of the Month (1): August 1996
  • PFA Young Player of the Year (1): 1996–97
  • FWA Tribute Award: 2008
  • Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year (1): 1996–97
  • England Player of the Year: 2003
  • UEFA Club Footballer of the Year (1): 1998–99
  • UEFA Club Midfielder of the Year (1): 1998–99
  • Premier League 10 Seasons Awards (1992–93 to 2001–02):
    • Domestic & Overall Team of the Decade
    • Goal of the Decade (vs. Wimbledon, 17 August 1996)
  • BBC Sports Personality of the Year (1): 2001
  • UEFA Team of the Year#Team of the Year: 2001,2003
  • Real Madrid Player of the Year (1): 2005–2006
  • PFA Team of the Year (4): 1996–197,1997–98,1998–99,1999–2000
  • FIFA 100
  • ESPY Award – Best Male Soccer Player: 2004
  • ESPY Award – Best MLS Player: 2008
  • English Football Hall of Fame: 2008
  • BBC Sports Personality of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award (1): 2010
  • MLS Comeback Player of the Year Award (1): 2011
  • Major League Soccer Best XI: 2011
  • ESPY Award: Best MLS Player 2011