David Robert Joseph Beckham, OBE, is easily the most popular footballer and athlete in the world. Popularly known simply as David Beckham and often as Becksie or Golden Balls, Beckham is a world famous football player who is on the books of the Major League Soccer (MLS) club. He shall join Italian and European powerhouse AC Milan on a two month loan period starting January 9,2009.
David Beckham is observed as a world football icon whose fame and significance outreaches the footballing sphere. Known worlwide for his exquisite free-kicks and crosses, David Beckham is a household names across the world. He has played for European powerhouse Manchester United and Real Madrid and has been runner-up twice for the FIFA World Player of the Year and in 2004 was the world’s highest paid footballer. Beckham was Google’s most searched of all sports topics in 2003 and 2004.
David Beckham developed first at the youth academy of Brimsdown Rovers and then Manchester United. He signed a professional contract with the latter and amde his first team debut in 1992 when he was only 17 years of age. He made his UEFA Champions League debut for Man United on December 7,1994 against Galatasaray at Old Trafford and scored a goal too.
David Beckham made his Premier League debut for Manchester United against Leeds United on April 2,1995 in a goalless draw. He scored a scintillating goal against Wimbledon on August 17,1996 (the opening day of the 1996-1997 Premier League season) from inside his own half.
David Beckham went onto establish himself with Manchester United and gain worldwide fame and popularity. He played for the Red Devils until 2003, scoring 62 goals in 265 PRemier League matches. With Man United, Beckham won the Premier League title six times, the FA Cup twice and the UEFA Champions League in 1999.
David Beckham was signed by Real Madrid in the summer of 2003 for 35 million euros. Beckham played for Real for four seasons and won the Spanish first division in the 2006-2007 season. He scored 13 goals in 116 league matches and was one of the most consistent players for the Merengues in those trophy barren, boardroom-chaos filled years.
David Beckham moved to LA Galaxy in the summer of 2007 on a contract that was reported to fetch him $250 million. He struggled with poor form and injuries and couldn’t really take the MLS by storm as he had hoped to do.
David Beckham made his international debut for England on September 1,1996 against Moldova in a World Cup qualifier. He has played in over 100 international matches for his nation and played at the 1998,2002 and 2006 World Cup finals. He was the captain of the England national team from November 15,2000 to July 2,2006.