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David Beckham

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David Beckham Biography

"David Robert Joseph Beckham", OBE (born 2 May 1975) is an English professional football (soccer) midfielder who plays for and captains Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Galaxy. He is also currently a member of the England national team.

He has twice been runner-up for FIFA World Player of the Year , and as recently as 2004 was the world's highest-paid footballer. He was Google's most searched of all sports topics in both 2003 and 2004. Such global recognition has made him an elite advertising brand and a top fashion icon.

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David Beckham Awards

YearAwardCategoryForResult
2013 Teen Choice Awards Choice Male Athlete Nominated

David Beckham Trivia

  • Won the treble with Manchester United (Premiership, FA Cup and UEFA Champions League). [1999]
  • His first goal for England came at the Stade Felix-Bollaert in Lens in the 2-0 victory against Colombia on June 26 1998 during the World Cup.
  • Voted the #1 best male body in "Celebrity Bodies" (UK) magazine. [October 2001]
  • Voted best dressed male by readers of "Heat" (UK) magazine. [December 2001]
  • He began his footballing career at the age of 17.
  • Has been dubbed a master of set-pieces specialising in free-kicks and has developed one which is known around the world as the 'Beckham', which involves lifting the ball over the 'wall', sending it towards the far post, but bending it back to the near post confusing the keeper and having the ball just dip under the bar for the goal.
  • Scored on his first team debut in the European Cup against Galatasaray.
  • Was signed by Manchester United to their youth training program at the age of 14. His youth team also featured the Neville brothers, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes - his current team mates.
  • On, May 11, 2003, David was voted the 91st worst Briton in Channel Four's poll of the 100 Worst Britons.
  • On June 17, 2003, David signed a four year deal worth £24.5m to play for Real Madrid.
  • He began his soccer career at the age of 17.
  • Signed new contract with Manchester United until 2005, making him the highest paid footballer in Britain at that moment - though he would be sold to Real Madrid a year later. [May 2002]
  • Declared he will retain the England captaincy, despite criticism for poor performances and two missed penalties in Euro 2004. [June 2004]
  • In November 1996, Beckham was abroad on his first trip with the England squad, in Tbilisi, Georgia. There, he saw the video that would change his life. It was "Say You'll Be There" by the Spice Girls. Beckham pointed at the screen and said to his best friend Gary Neville that the girl dressed in a black PVC catsuit (Victoria) was the woman he wanted and if she wanted him, they would be together for ever. A few months later, they began dating.
  • David and Victoria held a lavish, star-studded party for the christening of their two sons, Brooklyn, 5, and Romeo, 2. The ceremony was held on the grounds of the Beckhams' Hertfordshire mansion (December 23, 2004).
  • Was famously sent off against Argentina in the 1998 World Cup in France for retaliation.
  • He wears a new pair of football boots for every game he plays at an estimated cost of £300 a pair.
  • Had his likeness made out of a napkin in "American Dad!" (2005) by Roger the Alien.
  • Among the guests at his 30th birthday party were Elizabeth Hurley, Elle Macpherson and Geri Halliwell.
  • He played for England in the 1998, 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cups of Soccer. He was named captain for the national team in 2000 but announced his resignation from that prestigious position on 2 July 2006 (the day after England were knocked out of the 2006 World Cup).
  • Gary Neville - his teammate in the national English football team - was best man at his wedding.
  • Relinquished the captaincy of England after the team's quarter-final defeat to Portugal in the World Cup (July 2, 2006).
  • Chosen one of "Time" magazine's Time 100 in 2004.
  • After Real Madrid announced he would not remain there after the end of the 2006-2007 season, he signed a five-year-deal for the Los Angeles Galaxy, earning up to $50 million dollar a year in direct salary, with endorsements and profit-sharing.
  • Is mentioned in Love Actually (2003) when Hugh Grant's character lists "David Beckham's right foot" as one of the things that make Britain great.
  • Won the Spanish La Liga title with Real Madrid before his transfer to LA Galaxy.
  • Has three sons with wife, Victoria Beckham. Brooklyn Beckham, born on March 4, 1999, Romeo Beckham on September 1, 2002, in London, England and Cruz Beckham on February 20, 2005 in Madrid, Spain.
  • Was among the guests at Tom Cruise's and Katie Holmes' wedding ceremony in Italy.
  • Suffers from ornithophobia (fear of birds).
  • Godfather to Davinia Taylor's and Dave Gordon's son Grey.
  • In 2007, Forbes Magazine estimated his salary for the year to be $33 million.
  • Founded the David Beckham football academy.
  • Ranked #5 in the 2008 Forbes The Celebrity 100 list.
  • Among the godparents of their sons Brooklyn Beckham and Romeo Beckham are Elizabeth Hurley, Elton John and his partner David Furnish. Additionally, football agent Dave Gardner is one of Brooklyn's godfathers. Each of the boys has five godparents. Brooklyn has four godfathers and one godmother and Romeo has three godfathers and two godmothers.
  • He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2003 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to Football.
  • The Sunday Times estimates his net worth at $205 million. [2009]
  • Announced he and wife, Victoria Beckham are expecting their fourth child in the summer. [January 2011].
  • Son-in-law of Jackie Adams and Anthony Adams.
  • His legs are insured for $70 million.
  • Daughter, Harper Seven Beckham, was born on July 10, 2011 in Los Angeles.

    Trade Mark
  • Number 7 shirt for Manchester United and England
  • Number 23 shirt for Real Madrid and Los Angeles Galaxy


David Beckham Photos

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    Breitling Flagship Boutique Launch Party - Arrivals

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    David Beckham Presents Bodywear for H&M in Berlin on March 19, 2013

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    Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013 - Y-3 10th Anniversary Collection - Front Row

  • David Beckham and his children Brooklyn and Romeo

    The Sun Military Awards 2011

  • David Beckham and Gabriella Roseje

    Everyone's Olympic Games With Samsung - Launch

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    2011 Soccer - MLS All-Stars Practice Session at Pier 40 in New York City - July 25, 2011

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