David Robert Joseph Beckham formally known as David Beckham is one of the finest professional English football player. Until 2016, he held the appearance record for an outfield player before Wayne Rooney surpassed his total. Beckham performed outstandingly for Manchester United, Preston North End, Real Madrid, Milan, LA Galaxy, and the England National Team. Beckham was among the few players to win league titles in four countries: Spain, England, The United States and France. His debut as a professional footballer was from Manchester United in 1992 when he was 17 years old. Beckham is a right winger known best for his range of passing, bending-free kicks and crossing ability. Beckham made his debut in international football playing for England on 1 September 1996 at the age of 21. He was the captain for six long years; during this tenure he earned 58 caps. He made 115 career appearances in total, notably at three FIFA WORLD CUP tournaments (1998, 2002 and 2006) and two UEFA tournaments of (2000 and 2004)
Beckham was born on 2 May 1975 in East London (England). Ever since he was a child, Beckham dreamt of being a footballer and that was what he said to his teacher at school when he was asked what profession would he choose. He played football regularly in Ridgeway Park, Chingford, and he attended Chase Lane Primary School and Chingford County High School.
Beckham was the second child of Sandra Georgina who was a hair dresser and David Edward Alan Ted Beckham who was a kitchen fitter. He has two sisters; Lynne Georgina the elder sibling, and Joanne Louise the younger one.
Wife and Children
Beckham married Victoria Caroline Adams who is an acclaimed businesswoman, fashion designer, model, and singer. Victoria then was sensational as Posh Spice of the pop music group Spice Girls. Their chemistry greatly attracted the media and the couple was named ‘Posh and Becks’. Beckham proposed to Victoria on 24 January 1998 at a restaurant at Cheshunt in England. They were finally married on 4 July 1999 at a castle in Ireland. It was a gala occasion and the media was constantly kept away as Beckham had an exclusive deal with ‘OK! Magazine’. Yet the newspaper managed to get snaps of them sitting together on the golden throne. Beckham’s teammate Grey Neville was the best man and the couple’s infant son Brooklyn was the ring bearer.
They have four children; eldest son, Brooklyn Joseph was born on 4 March 1999 and their elder son Romeo James was born on 1 September 2002 and their younger son Cruz David were born 20 February 2005 and the youngest daughter Harper Seven was born 10 July 2011.
In the early days when Beckham played for Manchester United, he lived in a four-bedroom house in Worsley that he bought in 1995. In 1999, Beckham purchased the most famous home in Hertfordshire, which is unofficially dubbed as Beckingham Palace and was reported to spend a huge amount for it’s renovation. Beckham says he suffers from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), which he says makes him “have everything in a straight line or everything has to be in pairs”
Beckham played well enough to make it to the stars since the prime of his career. He was named the Professional Footballers’ Association Young Player of the Year in 1997, within a year he was a brilliant player of England’s World Cup team. In the year 1999, Beckham achieved another milestone of his career when he led Manchester United to the Premier League title. Beckham also earned the FA Cup championship and the Champions League title for his team. England qualified for the 2002 World Cup for his outstanding last minute free-kick against Greece in 2001. That very year, Manchester United signed Beckham for a three-year $22 million contract to remain with the team. But his stay was shorter and the soccer stunner was signed by Real Madrid. In 2007, Beckham moved across the Atlantic to sign up with the L.A. Galaxy to culminate his dominance. His career served a rough time during this period. Beckham faced several injuries and also had a bad sprained knee ligament during his first season in L.A. Later his Achilles tendon injury did not permit him to play in the 2010 World Cup.
On May 16, 2013 a few days after winning a title with French club at the age of 38, Beckham announced the mammoth decision of his retirement of his 21 years of soccer career.
He is undoubtedly one of the richest soccer players in the world. He is estimated to earn about £28.3m from sponsorship deals with brands Adidas, Sailsbury’s and Samsung, and has a new contract worth £50m for the Chinese Super League.
Through a recent survey in France Football it is seen that Beckham earned less than five per cent of his total income through his wages while playing for LA Galaxy and PSG against the bulk coming in endorsements.