Here’s a look at the life of retired professional footballer David Beckham.
Birthday: May 2nd 1975
Place of birth: London, England
Birth Name: David Robert Joseph Beckham
Father: David Edward “Ted” Beckham, an equipment repair man
Mother: Sandra (West) Beckham, hairdresser
Marriage: Victoria (Adams) Beckham (July 4, 1999 – present)
Children: Harper, Cruz, Romeo and Brooklyn
Retired professional footballer (European football player) nicknamed “Becks”.
Married to Spice Girl Victoria (Adams) Beckham, nicknamed “Posh Spice”.
Midfielder known for his ability to “flex” his free kicks and bend the ball around or over the defenders to score a goal. The film title “Bend it like Beckham” pays homage to his kick style.
Won league titles in four different countries while playing for Manchester United, Real Madrid, Los Angeles Galaxy and Paris Saint-Germain.
Made 115 appearances for England between 1996 and 2009.
Member of the Leadership Council of Malaria No More UK.
1991 – At the age of 16, he left home to play in the Manchester United Training League.
April 2, 1995 – – Premier League debut at Manchester United.
1996 – Receives recognition for scoring a goal from the center line, a kick of nearly 60 yards.
September 1996 – He makes his international debut in the World Cup qualification against Moldova. England win 3-0.
1998 – – Appointed to the England national team for the 1998 World Cup.
1998 – – Beckham receives a red card and is banned from a second round World Cup game for being eliminated from Argentinian Diego Simeone, which helped to eliminate England.
1999 – – Takes Manchester United to triple and wins English Premier League, FA Cup and European Champions League trophies.
November 15, 2000 – – Becomes the captain of the England national team.
April 2002 – Breaks a bone in his foot, but competes in the World Cup final later in June. England ultimately lose to Brazil in the quarter-finals.
May 2003 – – Broke hands in 2-1 win over South Africa in Durban.
June-July 2003 – Traded by Manchester United to Real Madrid. He signs a four-year deal with Real Madrid for $ 40 million.
November 27, 2003 – Receives an Order of the British Empire (OBE) officer from Queen Elizabeth II.
January 10, 2005 – – Appointed UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador with a focus on the Sport for Development program.
August 3, 2005 – Is awarded libel damages by tabloid The People, who accused him of making hate calls to a former nanny.
March 9, 2006 – – Settlement of defamation case against British tabloid News of the World over a 2004 headline that read “Posh and Becks on the Rocks”.
January 2007 – Register with the Los Angeles Galaxy, an American major league soccer team.
July 21, 2007 – Play his first game with the LA Galaxy. It is initially reported that he will receive an estimated $ 250 million over the life of his five-year contract. However, it was later revealed that the galaxy would pay him $ 32.5 million over five years.
March 26, 2008 – – Appears for the 100th time in an English uniform. During the England v France match, Beckham received standing ovations from both sides as he walked off the field during a substitution.
January 2009 – Loaned to AC Milan by the LA Galaxy team. He initially agrees to stay with the Milan team for three months, but the loan is extended to six months.
December 2009 – Will be loaned to AC Milan a second time by the end of the Italian season in May.
March 14, 2010 – Tears an Achilles tendon during an AC Milan game and is unable to take part in the World Cup.
December 1, 2012 – Play his last game on the LA Galaxy.
January 31, 2013 – Announces that he has signed with Paris Saint-Germain for five months and will donate the salary to a children’s charity in Paris.
May 16, 2013 – Announces that he will retire from professional football at the end of his season.
February 5, 2014 – Announces he will start a Major League Soccer franchise in Miami.
February 9, 2015 – Start 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund, a collaboration with UNICEF to help children in danger zones around the world.
November 18, 2015 – People call Beckham his “Sexiest Man Alive” for 2015.
January 29, 2018 – MLS announces that Miami has received the league’s 25th franchise roughly four years after Beckham first announced that it would exercise his right to purchase an MLS franchise in February 2014. The Beckham franchise is backed by Cuban-American businesspeople Jorge and Jose Mas. Marcelo Claure, CEO of Sprint Corporation, entertainment producer Simon Fuller and founder of Japanese telecommunications company SoftBank, Masayoshi Son.
September 5, 2018 – Beckham’s Miami expansion team announces its name, Club Internacional de Futbol Miami, or Inter Miami for short.
March 1, 2020 – Inter Miami is playing its first MLS game.
October 2, 2020 – One company, Beckham co-founder, Guild Esports, is listed on the London Stock Exchange, making it the first esports franchise to go public on the LSE.