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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

2015 02 28 Retrieve

[David Beckham on is hair style] I was in the dressing room with an hour to go before kick off when Sir Alex Ferguson saw it and made me shave it off. I said no at first, and then I saw his face change very quickly, so I went and shaved it off in the toilet. He was very strict. Some of my hairstyles have been really bad – I hadn’t thought them through. The topknot wasn’t too bad but the cornbraids were a bad decision. It was bad timing as well as I was going to South Africa at the time with England and ended up meeting Nelson Mandela so that’s why I regret that one

2015 05 16 Retrieve

[David Beckham responds to being asked what is his favourite spice] Posh. I was going to say cinnamon, but Posh is a lot better and cinnamon’s not going to hit me over the head with a frying pan!

2015 09 26 Retrieve

[David Beckham responds to being asked if he was offended Sir Alex Ferguson didn’t name him among the world-class players he managed] Not at all. I played for the greatest manager of all time for the amount of time that I did, I was lucky to have played with the players I did and the team, and be successful with the club that I loved and still love. I tend to agree with the manager: there’s certain players that you can call world-class – thankfully I played with many of them

2015 12 29 Retrieve

[on Sir Alex Ferguson] You can see the aggression still. It scares me when I watch him on telly. He’s always going to be that person. He has got that aggression. It will never go away from him as a manager. It’s one of the reasons why he is respected like he is, but he has got that tender side as well. Not always, but he does have it and it’s one of the reasons I had the relationship with him over the years and that I have now. Without him I would never have achieved what I have done. After ‘98 without the manager I would have found it virtually impossible to cope with the attention I was getting and for this I will always be grateful to him

2015 12 30 Retrieve

[on Sir Alex Ferguson] He is a man with a mission, Manchester United through and through. I’d say his drive was more important to our success than anything else

2016 04 03 Retrieve

[Quote on Sir Bobby Charlton] He is embedded in the club

2016 05 14 Retrieve

[David Beckham on Leicester City’s title-winning team] They have an amazing team spirit but they also have amazing talent and when you have that combination with a manager as experienced as Claudio Ranieri, anything is possible in football

2016 07 23 Retrieve

[Former Manchester United midfielder David Beckham backed manager Jose Mourinho to bring the 2016/17 English Premier League title] So now with Jose in there, he knows what he wants and how to get it, he knows how to win titles. I think that is what Man United definitely need to get back to and they need to get back to being feared again. Because we were always a club – and are still a club – that when teams come to Old Trafford, they know they are going to be up against it and they know they are probably going to lose. So that is what we need to get back to

2016 08 06 Retrieve

[Quotes on Zlatan Ibrahimovic] He is a physically magnificent specimen [. . .]. I’ve played with or against the very best in the world. I want to say that I have never met anyone who was so serious during both practice and games. When I came to Paris I knew that he was an incomparable talent as a player, but he’d be so tough and merciless on himself at all times, I had no idea. He is a born winner. He is a beast with huge self-confidence, and I’m one of his biggest admirers

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]</b> 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 a977707a55543ac1d591c5125ccdb2db 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 a1a30d1e8b45be8dca0b814f9353f274 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 14 Retrieve

[Man Utd confirm Beckham heading back to Old Trafford to play under Sir Alex Ferguson again]</b> I’m so excited to be going back to Old Trafford in May. 1999 was such a massive year for us so recreating that moment is going to be really special. To be back together as a squad and to be managed by the boss again is huge. Huge for us and for the fans; I can’t wait

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

2020 02 27 Retrieve

[Beckham explains why Man Utd struggles are not down to Solskjaer] I think he’s doing a good job. The fact that he’s stepped in and stepped up, and that he continues to be positive about players, he’s got that from the boss [Sir Alex Ferguson]. He would never criticise a player from his club and Ole has been exactly the same. He’s still learning but he will protect his players and protect a1a30d1e8b45be8dca0b814f9353f274. All of the fans will be behind him because he’s a great person and because of what he’s done for a1a30d1e8b45be8dca0b814f9353f274 over the years

When that success is being had by Manchester City or Liverpool it’s always going to be talked about. There was always going to be a transition period, especially when Alex Ferguson stepped down. You had David Gill working at the club too and the players stopped playing, Giggsy (Ryan Giggs), Scholesy (Paul Scholes) and the Nevs (Gary and Phil Neville), they all stopped playing so there was always going to be a period when they weren’t as successful. Is it hard to watch them now? No because I’m a real a1a30d1e8b45be8dca0b814f9353f274 fan and whatever the situation, I love watching them play. But let’s hope it doesn’t last for too much longer that we go without trophies because we are one of the biggest clubs in the world and not many clubs have that tradition

2020 02 28 Retrieve

[Beckham Reveals His Thoughts On Ole] I think he’s doing a good job. The fact that he’s stepped in and stepped up, and that he continues to be positive about players, he’s got that from the boss [Sir Alex Ferguson]. He would never criticise a player from his club and Ole has been exactly the same. He’s still learning but he will protect his players and protect a1a30d1e8b45be8dca0b814f9353f274.

All of the fans will be behind him because he’s a great person and because of what he’s done for a1a30d1e8b45be8dca0b814f9353f274 over the years. When that success is being had by Manchester City or Liverpool it’s always going to be talked about. There was always going to be a transition period, especially when Alex Ferguson stepped down.

You had David Gill working at the club too and the players stopped playing, Giggsy (Ryan Giggs), Scholesy (Paul Scholes) and the Nevs (Gary and Phil Neville), they all stopped playing so there was always going to be a period when they weren’t as successful.

Is it hard to watch them now? No, because I’m a real Manchester United fan and whatever the situation, I love watching them play. But let’s hope it doesn’t last for too much longer that we go without trophies because we are one of the biggest clubs in the world and not many clubs have that tradition