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MAIN Arrow to SportsSports Arrow to Sports Stars Sports Stars Arrow to David Beckham David Beckham

He was born May 2, 1975 in Leytonstone, London, to Ted and Sandra Beckham - two Manchester United supporters who often took the young David to see their favorite team play.

David Beckham was all of 15 when he signed on with Manchester United as a trainee, helping to win the FA Youth Cup in May 1992.

His Premier League debut eventually came in 1995 at age 19. The following year his star performance came with his most famous goal - from the halfway line against Wimbledon at Selhurst Park which later made the list of 100 Greatest Sporting Moments.

His most notable season followed in 1998-99 when he helped Man United win the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions league.

Since then, Beckham's rise to stardom continues to rest on his remarkable freekick skills which some fans liken to physical genius. His much-publicized marriage in 1999 to Spice Girl and media celebrity Victoria Adams, (a.k.a. Posh Spice) only added to his aura of Hollywood celebrity.

David Beckham worldwide

David & Victoria Beckham magazine cover
David & Victoria Beckham
on the cover of W
Magazine July 2007

If Beckham was not a household name internationally by 2002, it almost certainly was following the hit movie, Bend It Like Beckham, released that year in which a young female soccer player follows her dream to be a soccer great.

In 2004, Beckham signed a 4-year contract with Real Madrid of Spain worth up to $41 million in salary and endorsements. He lived up to all the hoopla, improving upon his Man United stats by scoring five times in his first 16 matches, and ingratiating himself with the Real Madrid fans.

With his performance less than stellar, however, and following England's defeat at the 2006 World Cup Beckham stepped down as captain.

In January 2007 he was in negotiations with Real Madrid about a new contract. Also discussed was a spot with American major league soccer for a possible jump to a US team post-season...

Beckham Moves to America

Beckham finally made the much-reported announcement of a new five-year contract with the LA Galaxy team on January 11, 2006. The total $250 million deal translated to $1 million a week - the biggest in the world of sport.

The move to America was widely seen as a boon helping put Major League Soccer on the world map, and in Julythe then-32-year-old midfielder was officially introduced as a Galaxy star.

David Beckham for Armani underwear
David Beckham for
Armani underwear, 2012

Since then, Beckham has also been loaned out to England and the AC Milan teams. He was also set to represent England in the 2010 World Cup when he was seriously injured playing for AC Milan. The result was missing out on his bid to become the first England player to feature in four successive World Cup finals. However, hHis heralded return to Galaxy that same year brought the team to victory and the MLS cup in 2011.

With his career coming to a close, David Beckham made a brief jump to the Paris-St. Germain team in 2012 where finished out one of the most storied sports careers in history before a standing ovation.

Today, Beckham's power as a world figure remains undiminished as he continues to win endorsement deals from major brands worldwide, most notably in revealing underwear ads for Calvin Klein, Armani and H&M.

Away from the glare of cameras, the Beckhams have three sons — Brooklyn, Romeo, and the latest addition to the Beckham family, son Cruz, born in 2005.


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More about David Beckham around the Web:

 

David Beckham.com - The official site, complete with news headlines, photos, blog, bio & career highlights.

David Beckham - Wikipedia - The complete biography, photo, related links.

David Beckham Watch - News updates, full biography, picture galleries.


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