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Name David Beckham
Gender Male
Nationality UK
Ethnic English
Job English Footballer
  England Captain
Desc If George Best was the first poster boy of soccer, Beckham took it to a whole new level, becoming a marketing man’s dream, and by the time he was playing for Real Madrid in 2004, becoming the world’s highest-paid footballer-on his actual salary because only a small part of the money he made in sponsorship deals. Unlike Best, he made himself a heartthrob but avoided the dark side of stardom. His dead-ball accuracy was astounding; little wonder that they made a film called Bend It Like Beckham

Affiliation

Club as Player LA Galaxy
  Real Madrid
  Manchester United

Relationship

Wife Victoria Beckham
Teammate Ryan Giggs
  Roy Keane
  Paul Scholes
  Nicky Butt

2007 11 13 Retrieve

[David Beckham is having a ball in LA, aside from that pesky day job at LA Galaxy] It’s been great so far, very positive and smooth apart from… the season

2013 11 05 Retrieve

[David Beckham said that, among his teammates at Real Madrid, which included Zinedine Zidane, Raúl, Ronaldo, Luís Figo and Roberto Carlos, Scholes was the most admired opponent] He’s always one of those people others talk about. Even playing at Real Madrid, the players always say to me ‘what’s he like’? They respect him as a footballer, and to have that respect from some of those players is great

2017 02 04 Retrieve

[David Beckham speaks about Sir Alex Ferguson’s support for him after Beckham’s sending-off in a last-16 defeat against Argentina at France 1998] The first person to call me after that game was Ferguson. He said, ‘Son, get back to Manchester, you’ll be fine’. And that gave me strength to actually get through probably the toughest time in my life

2017 04 22 Retrieve

[David Beckham writes about Neymar, who was included in TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2017] A series of images I once discovered on the Internet shows me and Neymar together over a decade, from when I was at Real Madrid and he was just a young boy to today. Although it does make me feel my age, it also shows the remarkable progression of a young man who at 25 is well on his way to becoming the best player in the world. It’s been clear ever since he signed for Brazilian team Santos at 17 that Neymar is an outstanding talent, a once-in-a-generation type of footballer who has fans on their feet whenever he gets the ball

2017 12 09 Retrieve

[David Beckham speaks about his relationship with former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson] We had a few wobbles over the 13 years. You know the boss, always on European nights, would come onto the pitch. He’d start taking penalties and free kicks and telling all of us how great he was when he played - the goals he scored and things like that. But the time when I really got to find out how great he was after a game against Arsenal where I think I’d made a couple of mistakes. He came into the dressing room, we had a few words, he started to walk over toward me and he kicked a pile of clothes on the floor. Out came this boot and hit me. That’s when I realised actually how accurate he really is!

2018 02 03 Retrieve

[David Beckham announces the launch of a MLS club in Miami, where he will be a co-owner] This is something that has been a dream for many, many years. There were times we said, ‘This dream is not going to happen – there’s too many bumps in the road. But we never gave up’

2018 03 31 Retrieve

[David Beckham speaks about his career with reporters at a charity event in Indonesia] At about 12 years old, I was told that I would never play for my country. That was told to me by an England coach at that time of a lower level. I was trying to get into an academy and they said to me: ‘You are too small, you are not strong enough and you will never play for your country’. Thirty years on, I made 115 appearances for my country, I captained my country, I played in three World Cups and I had a pretty good career. So my message to young kids out there: there might be difficult times, there might be difficult moments, but believe in yourself, have fun, enjoy yourself and just love the game

2019 03 16 Retrieve

[David Beckham reacts to his first look at a statute of himself that will be placed outside of LA Galaxy’s stadium] I honestly look like Stretch Armstrong. It’s lucky my kids aren’t coming over, because if my kids were to see this, I think they’d just cry to be honest

2019 09 07 Retrieve

[David Beckham reveals his passion for the Three Lions still burns bright] If someone turned around to me and said, ‘If the England job came up, would you take it?’, I mean of course I would think about it, because I’m a passionate Englishman and I’m passionate about our national side, but would I be any good at it? Who knows? It’s a dream job, but Gareth is doing the most incredible job for us right now. He’s brought energy and excitement back into the game and the fans – myself included – are enjoying that