Known for his exceeding talent in goal scoring, David Beckham's amazing ability to get the ball to wherever he likes has made him one the most well known players in the history of soccer.
David Beckham was born in Leytonstone, London, England on May 2, 1975. His parents are Ted (who was a kitchen fitter) and Sandra (who was a hairdresser) Beckham both of whom were rigid Manchester United fans.
As a child he was always very interested in soccer and would spend hours at a time outside playing soccer with his father in Rigeway Park in Chingford.
He schooled at Chase Lane Primary School and Chingford Foundation School. When the teachers would ask him what he wanted to do when he grew up, he would tell them that he wanted to "be a footballer". He may have received a negative feedback, but he accomplished his goal nicely.
Though his skill as a soccer player flourished in his youth, all the time he spent playing the sport caused his grades in school to keep a continual low until he finally dropped out at the age of 16.
Directly after dropping out, he went to play for Manchester United's junior team.
Upon entering Manchester United, David Beckham was given the number 7 shirt.
Beckham proceeded to assist Manchester in winning the FA Youth Cup, scoring in the second leg of the final, just after turning 17.
From there he went on to play his first fully professional game at the age of 18. He also received a runners-up medal in the FA Cup, Manchester coming just behind Leeds United in the final.
After some time, his Premier League debut came at last in a home game against Leeds United in the April of 1995 (though this may somewhat be contributed to the injuries of some teammates), and he was established on the Manchester United first team in the 95-96 season.
Also, in the 95-96 season, Manchester United had three major athletes (Paul Ince, Mark Hughes, and Andrei Kanchelskis) leave the club on transfers. However, Manchester manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, decided that instead of buying great players from other clubs, he would just bring in youth players and let them have a chance to be great.
This decision brought much criticism, and when Manchester kicked off with a 3-1 defeat in Aston Villa, the criticism increased. However, Manchester went on to win the next five games and people began to hold back on the negativity.
David Beckham's Usual position was right midfield, and this was the position in which he gained fame for his incredible passes and long shots.
During the 1998 World Cup, he played in every one of England's qualifying games and scored in many important matches. He was thrown out of the tournament, however, for violent conduct in a match against Argentina.
Eventually, England forgave his misbehavior, and decided to allow Beckham to play as team captain of the national team (a position which he kept for the 2002 and 2006 world cups).
During that time, Beckham married Spice Girl, Victoria Adams (Posh Spice). Though he had already been a large celebrity in England, his marriage to a celebrity such as Victoria brought the attention of the press. Soon the two were major influences on society.
On one occasion during he 1999 season, not long after his first son, Brooklyn, was born, Beckham requested a day off training to tend to his son who was now sick. He received permission, but his wife was seen at a London Fashion Week event that same day. When manager Alex Ferguson heard of this, he fined Beckham £50,000, which was about $80,000 at the time (this was the maximum amount that he could charge for this incident). This caused a tension between the two men.
In 2003 Ferguson kicked a ball at Beckham while in the changing room, causing a cut that required stitches.
Manchester United had already been keen to sell David Beckham, when he signed a four year on July 1, 2003 contract with Real Madrid, having a transfer fee of about £25 million (though Manchester had at first wished to sell him to FC Barcelona).
When he arrived to play for Madrid, he requested the number 7 jersey. However, it was already taken so, being a fan of the famous basketball player, Michael Jordon, he went with the number 23.
Though Beckham played impressively for the 2003 season,. the team struggled and fell far short of the expectations.
Beckham was thrown out of the game on three different occasions over the next two seasons.
The first was a foul on Wales player, Ben Thatcher, which he admitted to be intentional. He had been injured enough that he was sure of missing the next England match, so he decided to foul Thatcher in order to be expelled from the match in which he would not play anyway. He also stated that this was "a mistake" and he apologized.
The next incident was a game in which he received a yellow card and was seen sarcastically applauding the referee. This caused another yellow card which expelled him from the remainder of the game and suspended him from the next (though this decision was overruled two days later).
The third time was when he was sent off of a match against Getafe CF in the December of 2005.
Beckham continued to be one of Real Madrid's top players until he signed over to Los Angeles Galaxy (a Major League Soccer club) in July of 2007, after spending most of the second half of the 2007 season injured (appearing only 5 times with only 2 starts in the second half).
When LA Galaxy took David Beckham on, they offered him a contract worth $250 million, making him one of the highest paid players in the history of soccer.
Once he was a part of LA Galaxy, he decided to keep the number 23 Jersey.
He quickly became team captain and his talents became a vital part of the LA Galaxy team.
Not long into the first season, he received an injury in his ankle. The MRI showed that he had a bad sprain and would not be playing for six weeks.
He returned to the game in time to play the last home match of the season.
LA Galaxy was soon eliminated.
At the end of 2008, David Beckham's success in the England national team hinted that he might be going back to Europe.
It was soon announced that he would be playing for Milan on a loan. This would begin on January 7, 2009.
However, he made it known that he would by no means be leaving MLS and stated that he planned to return in time for the 2009 season.
Nevertheless, by February 4 David Beckham expressed his desire to make a permanent transfer to Milan. Yet, Milan failed to meet Galaxy's demands, but they did manage to get an extension on the loan.
He was to return to LA in July and finish the rest of the MLS season.
Milan soon managed to get a second loan for January of 2010.
Beckham returned to Milan in time to assist the team in 5-2 victory on January 6, 2010. He has performed extremely well for the team so far.