That year, he styled his hair in spikes that stood up all over his head except on the sides and back, which were still cut short.
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Beckham then went to Preston North End on loan for part of the —95 season to get some first team experience.
He impressed, scoring two goals in five appearances, notably scoring directly from a corner kick. He played four times for United in the league that season, as they finished second behind Blackburn Rovers , missing out on a third successive Premier League title by a single point. He was not in the squad for the FA Cup final with Everton on 20 May, which United lost 1—0, leaving the club without a major trophy for the first time since United manager Sir Alex Ferguson had a great deal of confidence in the club's young players.
Beckham was part of a group of young talents Ferguson brought into United in the s known as " Fergie's Fledglings " , which included Nicky Butt and Gary and Phil Neville. When experienced players Paul Ince , Mark Hughes , and Andrei Kanchelskis left the club after the end of the —95 season, his decision to let youth team players replace them instead of buying star players from other clubs United had been linked with moves for players including Darren Anderton , Marc Overmars and Roberto Baggio , but no major signings were made that summer , drew a great deal of criticism.
The criticism increased when United started the season with a 3—1 defeat at Aston Villa ,  with Beckham scoring United's only goal of the game. However, United recovered from this early season defeat and the young players performed well. Beckham swiftly established himself as United's right-sided midfielder rather than a right-winger in the style of his predecessor Andrei Kanchelskis and helped them to win the Premier League title and FA Cup double that season, scoring the winner in the semi-final against Chelsea and also providing the corner from which Eric Cantona scored in the FA Cup Final.
Beckham's first title medal had, for a while, looked like it would not be coming that season, as United were still 10 points adrift of leaders Newcastle United at the turn of the new year, but Beckham and his teammates had overhauled the Tynesiders at the top of the league by mid March and they remained top until the end of the season.
Despite playing regularly and to a consistently high standard for Manchester United, Beckham did not break into the England squad before Euro At the beginning of the —97 season , Beckham was given the number 10 shirt that had most recently been worn by Mark Hughes.
On 17 August the first day of the Premier League season , Beckham became something of a household name when he scored a spectacular goal in a match against Wimbledon. With United leading 2—0, Beckham noticed that Wimbledon's goalkeeper Neil Sullivan was standing a long way out of his goal, and hit a shot from the halfway line — 60 yards out — that floated over the goalkeeper and into the net. His goal celebration for his yard strike saw him raise his arms as usual, but he walked away smiling rather than run as he often would.
To ensure they would win the Premier League title, United needed to win their final league match of the season, at home to Tottenham. There were reports suggesting that the opposition would allow themselves to be beaten to prevent their local rivals Arsenal from retaining the title, but Tottenham took an early lead in the match.
Both of the goals came from corners taken by Beckham. Despite Beckham's achievements in the —99 season, he was still unpopular among some opposition fans and journalists, and he was criticised after being sent off for a deliberate foul in Manchester United's World Club Championship match against Necaxa.
It was suggested in the press that his wife was a bad influence on him, and that it might be in United's interests to sell him,  but his manager publicly backed him and he stayed at the club. During the — season, there was a talk of a transfer to Juventus in Italy, but this never happened.
Beckham helped United retain the Premier League title in — by an point margin, after being pushed by Arsenal and Leeds United for much of the season. United won their final 11 league games of the season, with Beckham scoring five goals during this run, with his last goal coming from a swerving shot from the edge of the penalty area in their final home game against Tottenham Hotspur. By the early s, the relationship between Ferguson and Beckham had begun to deteriorate, possibly as a result of Beckham's fame and commitments away from football.
In , Beckham was given permission to miss training to look after his son Brooklyn, who had gastroenteritis , but Ferguson was furious when Victoria Beckham was photographed at a London Fashion Week event on the same night, claiming that Beckham would have been able to train if Victoria had looked after Brooklyn that day.
He later criticised Beckham for this in his autobiography, claiming he had not been "fair to his teammates"  Beckham had a good season for his club, though, and helped United to win the Premier League by a record margin. He used to go into work with the academy coaches at night time, he was a fantastic young lad. Getting married into that entertainment scene was a difficult thing — from that moment, his life was never going to be the same.
He is such a big celebrity, football is only a small part. He was a key player in United's third successive league title in —01 , only the fourth time that any club had achieved three league titles in a row. He scored nine goals that season, all in the Premier League. On 10 April , Beckham was injured during a Champions League match against Deportivo de La Coruña , breaking the second metatarsal bone in his left foot.
There was speculation in the British media that the injury might have been caused deliberately, as the player who had injured Beckham was Argentine Aldo Duscher , and England and Argentina were due to meet in that year's World Cup.
The income from his new contract, and his many endorsement deals, made him the highest-paid player in the world at the time.
His relationship with his manager deteriorated further on 15 February when, in the changing room following an FA Cup defeat to Arsenal, a furious Alex Ferguson threw       or kicked a boot that struck Beckham over the eye, causing a cut that required stitches. The incident led to a great deal of transfer speculation involving Beckham, with bookmakers offering odds on whether he or Ferguson would be first to leave the club.
Beckham had made Premier league appearances for United and scored 61 goals. He also made 81 Champions league appearances, scoring 15 goals.
By this stage, he was their joint second longest serving player behind Ryan Giggs having joined them at the same time as Nicky Butt , Gary Neville and Paul Scholes. Following a successful medical on 2 July, Beckham was unveiled in front of accredited journalists from 25 countries at Real's basketball facility, where he was handed the famous white shirt by club legend Alfredo Di Stéfano.
He decided to wear number 23 instead, citing his admiration of basketball player Michael Jordan , who also wore the number 23 shirt, as the reason behind his decision. In the week before Beckham's presentation, Real named Carlos Queiroz as their new head coach, meaning that Beckham was reunited with a familiar face upon arriving to Madrid, since Queiroz had spent the previous season as Alex Ferguson's assistant at Manchester United.
In late July , the club went on a tour of the Far East as part of pre-season training, but also to cash in on Beckham's huge marketing appeal in Asia, where he enjoyed tremendous following. Real's brand recognition in that part of the globe was already well established as the club made financially successful trips to Asia during previous off-seasons. The presence of a global marketing icon such as Beckham, however, made this particular tour a financial smash for los Merengues. Shortly after his transfer to Real, Beckham also ended his relationship with agent Tony Stephens of SFX Europe , who had guided him through his career until that point, including helping to engineer Beckham's move from Manchester to Madrid.
Beckham signed on with Simon Fuller and his company 19 Entertainment , which already managed the career of Victoria. In late August , Real Madrid won the Spanish Super Cup over two legs versus RCD Mallorca , with Beckham scoring the final goal in a 3—0 return leg win at home, thus setting the stage for the start of the league season. Queiroz mostly favoured the adaptable 5—3—2 formation, with two fullbacks Míchel Salgado and Roberto Carlos , often joining the attack down the wings, while Beckham played on the right of the three-man midfield, alongside Zidane and Figo.
Real Madrid were runners-up in the Copa del Rey , were knocked out of the UEFA Champions League at the quarter-final stage and finished the league season in fourth place, meaning the team, whose president Pérez expected them to win either the Spanish league or the Champions League each season, did not match expectations. In July , while Beckham was in pre-season training in Spain, an intruder scaled a wall at the Beckham home while carrying a can of petrol.
Victoria and their children were in the house at the time, but security guards apprehended the man before he reached the house. The league season began with new head coach José Antonio Camacho at the helm, but he ended up lasting only three matches, handing in his resignation as Real dropped to eighth spot in the La Liga standings.
Camacho's assistant Mariano García Remón took over on temporary basis as Real's leadership scrambled to find a permanent replacement. Beckham made more headlines on 9 October when he admitted intentionally fouling Ben Thatcher in an England match against Wales to get himself booked. Beckham was due to receive a one-match suspension for his next caution , and had picked up an injury which he knew would keep him out of England's next match, so he deliberately fouled Thatcher to serve his suspension in a match that he would have had to miss anyway.
The Football Association asked Beckham for an explanation of his actions and he admitted that he had "made a mistake" and apologised. Having received a yellow card , he was judged to have sarcastically applauded the referee and was given a second yellow card, causing an automatic dismissal, although the suspension was cancelled on appeal.
By Christmas , with the team sitting in second position in the league, García Remón was dismissed, and Vanderlei Luxemburgo became the new head coach. However, the well-travelled Brazilian failed to inspire the team to the title as Real again finished the season in second position. On 3 December , Beckham was sent off for the third time that season in a league match against Getafe CF.
By the end of that season, Beckham led La Liga in number of assists. During the season, Beckham established football academies in Los Angeles and east London and was named a judge for the British Book Awards. The season also marked the end of an era for the club as Pérez resigned his post as president in January , with Vicente Boluda named as replacement on an interim basis until the end of the season.
The summer off-season marked a turbulent time as the club's presidential elections were held. Ramón Calderón became the new Real president.
As expected, none of the club officials who served under the previous president was kept, including head coach López Caro. Initially out of favour with newly arrived head coach Fabio Capello , Beckham started only a few games at the beginning of the season, as the speedier José Antonio Reyes was normally preferred on the right wing.
Of the first nine matches Beckham started, Real lost seven. However, he later claimed that he was mistranslated and that he actually said that Beckham's contract had not yet been renewed. On 11 January , Beckham announced that he had signed a five-year deal to play for the LA Galaxy beginning 1 July On 13 January , Fabio Capello said that Beckham had played his last game for Real Madrid, although he continued to train with the team.
About a month later, however, Capello backtracked on his earlier statement, allowing Beckham to rejoin the team for the match against Real Sociedad on 10 February The player immediately repaid his head coach's trust by scoring the equalising goal from a yard free kick, as Real Madrid eventually recorded a 2—1 victory. Beckham played a pivotal role in all three Madrid goals in the home game, with Bayern goalkeeper Oliver Kahn describing his performance as "world class".
On 17 June , the last day of the La Liga season, Beckham started in his final match for the club, a 3—1 win over Mallorca which saw them clinch the title from Barcelona.
With Real down 0—1, Beckham limped off the field and was replaced by José Antonio Reyes, who scored two goals, leading the team to that season's La Liga title , their first since Beckham had signed with them and 30th overall in the club's history.
Although Real and Barçelona both finished level on points, Madrid took the title because of their superior head-to-head record, capping a remarkable six-month turnaround for Beckham. Towards the end of the season, as Beckham was getting back into Capello's good books after successfully fighting his way back into the first team, Real Madrid announced they would try to untie his transfer to LA Galaxy, but were ultimately unsuccessful.
The speculation about his new contract in Madrid was thus put to an end and the following day Beckham's official press conference was held in conjunction with the MLS SuperDraft. The announcement made top news all across the globe. The high-profile acquisition paid immediate financial dividends for Galaxy long before Beckham joined the team.
The gate revenue peaked as well with 11, new season tickets holders and sold-out luxury suites each one of the 42 inside the team's home ground, the Home Depot Center.
Involved on many business fronts worldwide, AEG was already leveraging its Beckham association in places such as China, where the company had been working aggressively in Shanghai and Beijing for years to receive clearance to build arenas and stadiums. In the months following the announcement, the additional terms of Beckham's contract became public knowledge.
Another provision was the opt-out clause after the season, meaning that should he decide so, Beckham was free to leave the club after completing year three of his five-year contract. Beckham's contract with LA Galaxy took effect on 11 July, and on 13 July, the famous Englishman was officially unveiled as a Galaxy player at the Home Depot Center to much fanfare and world media interest in front of more than 5, gathered fans and some accredited media members. It was announced that Galaxy jersey sales had already reached a record figure of over , prior to this formal introduction.
In parallel, Beckham's handlers at 19 Entertainment succeeded in putting together an unprecedented US media rollout designed to expand his carefully crafted personal brand in America. New Beginnings documentary produced by 19 Entertainment before the friendly match versus Chelsea , which was expected to be Beckham's American debut.
In addition to popularising soccer, Beckham's arrival was used as platform for entertainment industry endeavours. Since both Beckham's and his wife's often overlapping careers were handled by 19 Entertainment, which is owned by Simon Fuller , who in turn has a business relationship with the Creative Artists Agency CAA , one of Hollywood's most powerful talent agencies, it was important also for CAA that the Beckhams made as big an impact as possible upon their arrival in the United States.
Coming to America aired on NBC, drawing negative reviews in the press and poor viewership ratings. On Saturday afternoon, 21 July, despite still nursing the injured left ankle that he picked up a month earlier during the final match of La Liga's season, Beckham made his Galaxy debut, coming on for Alan Gordon in the 78th minute of a 0—1 friendly loss to Chelsea as part of the World Series of Soccer.
However, the proceedings on the field of play took a back seat to the Beckham spectacle, and despite the presence of worldwide football stars such as Andriy Shevchenko , Didier Drogba , Michael Ballack , and Frank Lampard , the US television cameras were firmly focused on Beckham who spent most of the match on the bench.
The match's added time featured a scare for already injured Beckham when he got tackled by Steve Sidwell whose cleats struck Beckham's right foot, sending him airborne before he crumpled hard to the ground.
Though the existing injury was not aggravated too much, Beckham's recovery process was set back by about a week. ESPN's presentation of Beckham's debut earned a 1. Attended by many Hollywood A-listers , the lavish bash was big news in the US celebrity tabloid media, including daily entertainment TV magazines such as Entertainment Tonight and Access Hollywood.
It was in Toronto on 5 August that the team got its first taste of what life would be like on the road with Beckham on the roster. Due to security concerns, it was the first time the team flew on a charter for a road match, rather than flying commercial MLS normally forbids charter flights for away matches, claiming they provide competitive advantage, but in this case they made an exception due to the frenzy created around Beckham and resulting security issues.
Also, instead of the usual MLS-mandated modest hotels, LA Galaxy stayed at the five-star Le Méridien King Edward in downtown Toronto an expense paid for by the local Toronto promoter , while the glitz and glamour continued with the velvet rope, red carpet party at the Ultra Supper Club with Beckham as the centerpiece guest.
Two weeks after his minute appearance against Chelsea, Beckham made his league debut as a substitute on 9 August away versus D. United in front of the sellout crowd of 46, nearly three times the average D. He hit a long free kick that Carlos Pavón failed to finish on for the equaliser, and then in the final minutes Beckham served a weighted through ball into Landon Donovan 's path that United's keeper Troy Perkins managed to break up in the last moment — the Galaxy lost 1—0.
The next match on the road trip was at New England Revolution and Beckham decided to sit it out, fearing further aggravating his ankle injury on the Gillette Stadium 's artificial surface. Beckham returned to the pitch the following week, again facing D. United, in the SuperLiga semi-final on 15 August. During this game he had many firsts with the Galaxy; his first start, first yellow card and first game as team captain. These goals gave the team a 2—0 victory, and a place in the North American SuperLiga final versus Pachuca on 29 August.
During the SuperLiga final against Pachuca, Beckham injured his right knee, with an MRI scan revealing that he had sprained his medial collateral ligament and would be out for six weeks.
He returned to play in the final home match of the season. The Galaxy were eliminated from playoff contention on 21 October, in the final MLS match of the season, a 1—0 loss to the Chicago Fire. Beckham played as a substitute in the match, bringing his season totals to eight matches played 5 league ; one goal scored 0 league ; and three assists 2 league. Beckham trained with Arsenal from 4 January for three weeks until he returned to the Galaxy for pre-season training.
The goal marked the second time in Beckham's career that he had scored from his own half, the other being a goal from the half-way line against Wimbledon at Selhurst Park. In , Beckham's success in the England national team under Fabio Capello led to speculation that he might return to Europe to retain match fitness for the World Cup qualifying matches in On 30 October , Milan announced that Beckham was to join them on loan from 7 January Beckham was unveiled at Milan's training facility by the club's chief executive Adriano Galliani on 20 December The player chose the number 32 shirt previously worn by Christian Vieri , as both the number 7 and 23 shirts were already used by Alexandre Pato and club vice captain Massimo Ambrosini , respectively.
After his physical, Beckham was reportedly told by a club doctor that he believed he could continue playing football for another five years, up to the age of Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti on Beckham's condition at 33 years old. Though clearly lacking match fitness, occasionally struggling to keep up in a high-tempo match, Beckham put in enough useful crosses and corners to justify the coach Carlo Ancelotti 's decision to play him from the start. A noticeably older team, Ancelotti-coached Milan was proving a good fit for the year-old Englishman.
He scored his first goal in Serie A for Milan in a 4—1 victory over Bologna on 25 January, his third appearance for the club. The rumours were confirmed on 4 February, when Beckham stated that he was seeking a permanent transfer to Milan in a bid to sustain his England career through the World Cup.
Still, negotiations continued during a month of speculation. After his return from Milan, many LA fans showed dislike and anger towards him as he missed the first half of the season and several held up signs saying "Go home fraud", and "Part-time player".
He remained a key part of the squad which saw Galaxy win the Western Conference final after a 2—0 overtime victory over the Houston Dynamo. Beckham also scored in the shootout.
In November , after the end of MLS season, it was confirmed that Beckham would return to Milan for a second loan period beginning in January Beckham returned to Old Trafford for the second leg of the tie on 10 March ; he did not start the match, but was brought on for Ignazio Abate in the 64th minute to a positive reception from the Manchester United fans.
The score was 3—0 for United at that point and the tie was all but decided. The match was the first time Beckham had played against Manchester United at Old Trafford and saw him create several scoring opportunities via crosses and corner kicks, but Manchester United dominated Milan and beat them 4—0, winning the tie 7—2.
As the fan protests against Glazer by the people gathered around Manchester United Supporters' Trust gained steam in , the green-and-gold scarf had come to be seen as an anti-Glazer symbol, and by extension many saw Beckham's decision to publicly put it on as gesture of support. When asked about it later, however, Beckham responded that protests are not his business. In Milan's next game, against Chievo , Beckham suffered a torn left Achilles tendon ,  causing him to miss the World Cup as well as the MLS season due to the injury, which took him out of action for the next five months.
The prognosis is he needs a rehabilitation for the next few months, and the plaster cast is the next six to eight weeks.
I would say that [it will be] maybe four months before he's running, but six months before he's jumping and kicking. On 11 September , after recovering from his Achilles tendon injury, Beckham returned to the game as a substitute in the 70th minute in the Galaxy's 3—1 win over Columbus Crew. Rumours in the media claimed that the club were in talks with the Galaxy to sign the player on loan, but, according to Spurs manager Harry Redknapp , the move was blocked by Galaxy, who wanted a full final season from their number On 15 May, Beckham scored his first goal of the season for the Galaxy from a yard free kick, in a 4—1 victory over Sporting Kansas City.
After having his best season with the Galaxy to date and finishing second in the league in assists, Beckham finished his fifth MLS season on a high. On 20 November , he joined an elite group of players to have won league titles in three countries, when Los Angeles won their third MLS Cup against the Houston Dynamo, winning 1—0 on a goal by captain Landon Donovan, with assists from Beckham and fellow designated player Robbie Keane.
Following the season, in which the Galaxy won their second consecutive Supporters' Shield , having the second most points in MLS history, Beckham's five-year contract with the Galaxy expired on 31 December Despite being 36, he stated that he did not intend to retire.
Beckham was heavily linked with Paris Saint-Germain , but on 18 January , Galaxy announced Beckham had signed a new two-year contract to remain in Los Angeles. Beckham helped the Galaxy to a fourth-place finish in the MLS Western Conference regular season with Beckham scoring seven goals and adding nine assists.
On 31 January , ahead of the transfer deadline it was announced that Beckham would be undergoing a medical with Paris Saint-Germain ahead of a potential move to the Ligue 1 side. This made him the th player in the history of the club. On 16 May , Beckham announced that he would retire from professional football at the end of that year's French football season.
These boots had the names of his wife and children stitched on to them. On 18 May , Beckham was made captain in his final home game against Brest. Beckham was subbed after 80 minutes, receiving hugs from his fellow players and manager, as well as a standing ovation from fans. Beckham made his first appearance for the England national team on 1 September , in a World Cup qualifying match against Moldova. Beckham had played in all of England's qualifying matches for the World Cup and was part of the England squad at the World Cup finals in France,  but the team's manager Glenn Hoddle publicly accused him of not concentrating on the tournament,  and he did not start in either of England's first two games.
He was picked for the third game against Colombia and scored with a bending yard free kick in a 2—0 victory, which was his first goal for England. In the second round last 16 of that competition, he received a red card in England's match against Argentina.
Many supporters and journalists blamed him for England's elimination and he became the target of criticism and abuse, including the hanging of an effigy outside a London pub , and the Daily Mirror printing a dartboard with a picture of him centred on the bullseye. Beckham also received death threats after the World Cup.
The abuse that Beckham was receiving from English supporters peaked during England's 3—2 defeat by Portugal in Euro , a match where Beckham set up two goals, when a group of England supporters taunted him throughout the match. On 15 November , following Kevin Keegan 's resignation as England manager in October, Beckham was promoted to team captain by the caretaker manager Peter Taylor , and then kept the role under new manager Sven-Göran Eriksson.
The final step in Beckham's conversion from villain to national hero happened in England's final qualifying game against Greece on 6 October When Teddy Sheringham was fouled eight yards outside the Greek penalty area, England were awarded a free-kick and Beckham ensured England's qualification with a curling strike of the kind that had become his trademark. Beckham was partially fit by the time of the World Cup held in Japan and South Korea, and played in the first match against Sweden.
After the events of four years earlier, Beckham achieved a degree of revenge over Argentina by scoring the winning goal with a penalty, causing Argentina to fail to qualify for the knockout stage. England were knocked out in the quarter-finals by eventual winners Brazil after Ronaldinho scored the winner. The following month, at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Manchester, Beckham escorted Kirsty Howard as she presented the Jubilee Baton to the Queen.
Beckham played in all of England's matches at Euro He had a penalty saved in England's 2—1 defeat to France and missed another in a penalty shootout in the quarter-final match against Portugal.
He captained England for the 50th time in a friendly international against Argentina the following month. In England's next match, played against Trinidad and Tobago on 15 June , Beckham's cross in the 83rd minute led to a Peter Crouch goal, which put England into the lead 1—0.
Beckham gave another assist to Steven Gerrard. In the end they won 2—0. He was named Man of the Match by tournament sponsor Budweiser. During England's second round match against Ecuador , Beckham scored from a free kick in the 59th minute, becoming the first English player to score in three separate World Cups,  and giving England a 1—0 victory and a place in the quarter-finals.
He was sick before the game and vomited several times as a result of dehydration and illness that he got after having scored the winning goal for England.
A day after England were knocked out of the World Cup, an emotional Beckham made a statement in a news conference that he had stepped down as England captain,  stating, "It has been an honour and privilege to captain my country but, having been captain for 58 of my 95  games, I feel the time is right to pass on the armband as we enter a new era under Steve McClaren.
He was succeeded by Chelsea captain John Terry. Having stepped down as captain after the World Cup, Beckham was dropped completely from the England national team selected by new coach Steve McClaren on 11 August McClaren claimed that he was "looking to go in a different direction" with the team, and that Beckham "wasn't included within that.
On 26 May , McClaren announced that Beckham would be recalled to the England squad for the first time since stepping down as their captain. Beckham started against Brazil in England's first match at the new Wembley Stadium and put in a positive performance. In the second half, he set up England's goal converted by captain John Terry. It looked as though England would claim victory over Brazil, but newcomer Diego equalised in the dying seconds.
Beckham had assisted in three of England's four total goals in those two games,  and he stated his desire to continue to play for England after his move to Major League Soccer. On 22 August , Beckham played in a friendly for England against Germany , becoming the first to play for England while with a non-European club team.
Following the 2—3 loss, England failed to qualify for the Euro Finals. Despite this, Beckham said that he has no plans to retire from international football and wanted to continue playing for the national team. Beckham became only the fifth Englishman to win caps. Capello had hinted on 25 March that Beckham had a long-term future in his side ahead of crucial qualifiers for the World Cup. Beckham was honoured before the match by receiving an honorary gold cap representing his th cap from Bobby Charlton , and was given a standing ovation from the crowd.
He played well and assisted John Terry on the match-winning goal. When substituted at half-time for David Bentley , the pro-Beckham crowd booed the decision.
The match was the first time since the World Cup that Beckham had skippered England and marked a dramatic turnaround for Beckham. In two years, he had gone from being dropped completely from the England squad to being reinstated though temporarily as England captain. During the World Cup Qualifier against Belarus in which England won 3—1 in Minsk , Beckham came off the bench in the 87th minute to earn his th cap making him England's third-most- capped player in history, overtaking Bobby Charlton in the process.
On 11 February , Beckham drew level with Bobby Moore 's record of caps for an English outfield player, coming on as a substitute for Stewart Downing in a friendly match against Spain. After a poor performance from England at the World Cup, Capello remained as manager but was under pressure to revamp the England squad for the imminent UEFA Euro qualification campaign.
He unveiled a new team at the next England match, a home friendly game against Hungary on 11 August , with Beckham still unavailable for selection but aiming for a return to playing in MLS by the following month. David is a fantastic player but I think we need new players for the future", referring to the new players that play in Beckham's right midfield position, including Theo Walcott and Adam Johnson , adding "This is the future of the team under Fabio Capello or another manager.
Beckham was a product of Sir Alex Ferguson 's hard-working approach at Manchester United, and was renowned for his long-range passing, crossing ability, and bending free-kicks as a right winger. Ferguson noted that Beckham "practised with a discipline to achieve an accuracy that other players wouldn't care about.
Beckham maintained his training routine at Real Madrid and even when his relationship with management was strained in early , Real Madrid president Ramón Calderón and manager Fabio Capello praised Beckham for maintaining his professionalism and commitment to the club.
In May , asked about how he wanted to be remembered in his retirement, Beckham said, "I just want people to see me as a hardworking footballer, someone that's passionate about the game, someone that — every time I stepped on the pitch — I've given everything that I have, because that's how I feel. That's how I look back on it and hope people will see me. Beckham was the first England player ever to collect two red cards, and the first England captain to be sent off.
Beckham, lying face down on the pitch, kicked out at the Argentine midfielder, who fell dramatically. He amassed 41 yellow cards and four red cards in his time at Real Madrid; all four reds came in La Liga. It was announced in late that both would close. Club Internacional de Futbol Miami — more commonly known as, Inter Miami — is represented by a black crest with neon pink trimmings and herons whose legs clasp to form an "M" for Miami.
Therefore, their relationship instantly attracted a great deal of media attention. The couple were dubbed " Posh and Becks " by the media. On 4 July , they married at Luttrellstown Castle in Ireland. Beckham's teammate Gary Neville was the best man,  and the couple's infant son, Brooklyn, was the ring bearer. Magazine , but newspapers were still able to obtain photographs showing them sitting on golden thrones. David and Victoria Beckham have four children: In his early Manchester United career, Beckham lived in a four-bedroom house in Worsley that he bought directly from the property developer as a year-old in Beckham suffers from obsessive compulsive disorder OCD , which he says makes him "have everything in a straight line or everything has to be in pairs.
We've got three fridges — food in one, salad in another and drinks in the third. In the drinks one, everything is symmetrical. If there's three cans, he'll throw one away because it has to be an even number. In April , the British tabloid News of the World carried claims by Beckham's former personal assistant Rebecca Loos that he and Loos had an extramarital affair.
Beckham dismissed both accusations as "ludicrous". In September , Beckham announced that he was making a court application against prostitute Irma Nici and several others over claims in the magazine In Touch that he had sex with her.
Beckham's fame extends beyond the pitch ; in much of the world his name is "as instantly recognisable as that of multinational companies like Coca-Cola and IBM. Beckham became known as a fashion icon, and together with Victoria, the couple became lucrative spokespeople sought after by clothing designers, health and fitness specialists, fashion magazines, perfume and cosmetics manufacturers, hair stylists, exercise promoters, and spa and recreation companies.
One example is a line of aftershave and fragrances called David Beckham Instinct. United States covers have included the men's magazine Details , and with his wife for the August issue of W. Upon their arrival in Los Angeles on 12 July , the night before Beckham's formal introduction, Los Angeles International Airport was filled with paparazzi and news reporters.
Beckham's many endorsement deals make him one of the most recognisable athletes throughout the world. Beckham has several eponymous video games, including Go! Adventure on Soccer Island , a platform game for the Game Boy Advance , and David Beckham Soccer , a football game for a number of platforms ,   and he was brand ambassador for exercise video game EA Sports Active 2. Beckham played a critical part in bringing the Olympics to London in , travelling with the British delegation to Singapore in for the host city selection.
Beckham visited Afghanistan in May for a morale-boosting visit to British troops fighting the Taliban insurgency. Chinese authorities appointed Beckham as global ambassador for Chinese football in March After numerous officials had been banned for match-fixing, and the Chinese Super League had failed to retain the services of well-known international names, Beckham's role was to help improve the image of the game and raise its profile both in China and abroad.
Beckham was announced as the new Ambassadorial president of the British Fashion Council on 11 May On 17 January , Rebecca Johnstone, a year-old cancer patient from Hamilton, Ontario , Canada, received a surprise phone call from Beckham. After the conversation, he sent her a Real Madrid jersey with his signature on it. Rebecca died on 29 January Beckham also appeared in a public service announcement for Malaria No More U.
S, advertising the need for inexpensive bed nets. Beckham never personally appeared in the film Bend It Like Beckham , except in archive footage. He and his wife wanted to make cameo appearances, but scheduling proved difficult, so the director used lookalike Andy Harmer instead.
Harmer also doubled for him in the party scene. Living the Dream  in a larger role, when the film's lead character gets transferred to Real Madrid.
This time, the story centres on the Real Madrid team, and besides Beckham, other real life Real Madrid players also appear on and off the pitch, alongside the fictional characters. Beckham has expressed no interest in pursuit of acting roles, saying he is too "stiff". Legend of the Sword.
Beckham has played along to jokes about his voice. In a promo for Deadpool 2 , Beckham is seen watching the first instalment of the film franchise in which Ryan Reynolds ' character compares Beckham's voice to inhaling helium.
Beckham answers his door to the antihero who presents him with milk and cookies, before Deadpool knocks again and has a bunch of helium-filled red balloons. Beckham captained England 59 times,  the fourth highest after Bobby Moore and Billy Wright both with 90, and Bryan Robson with With his free kick goal against Ecuador in the second round of the World Cup , Beckham gained membership into two of football's exclusive clubs: All three goals were against South American teams Colombia, Argentina and Ecuador and from set pieces the two aforementioned free kicks and a penalty against Argentina.
As of , Beckham had more than 40 tattoos. His wife's name, tattooed on his left forearm, is in Sanskrit script because Beckham thought it would be "tacky" to have it in English. Unfortunately, this was misspelt as the equivalent of "Vihctoria". My Side , he said that the idea of having tattoos came to him in after his son Brooklyn was born, following a conversation on the subject of tattoos with Mel B and her then-husband, Jimmy Gulzar.
I'd finally realised what I wanted a tattoo to represent. Mine are all about the people in my life, my wife and sons, who I want with me always. When you see me, you see the tattoos. You see an expression of how I feel about Victoria and the boys.
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