Top 5: David Beckham Career Highs
David Beckham has never been far from a TV or newspaper in the last 12 years, it’s not always been plain sailing, but we won’t go into the details of his bad bits, just don’t ‘Loos’ any sleep over what we would have mentioned…
Although he may have had the odd grey cloud follow him, David Beckham is quite possibly one of the most gifted players to grace English turf and the 3 lions shirt. He may not have had the pace, or the raw skill, but his eye for a pass and that perfect right boot was un-rivalled. Find our top 5 career moments for the man, and to be be quite honest the legend, David Beckham.
5. PSG and Retirement
After his stint at LA Galaxy, Becks joined newly minted Paris Saint-Germain in January 2013. It was announced that, while he was playing for PSG he would donate his entire salary, an estimated €800,000, to an unnamed children’s charity in Paris. Publicity stunt or not, it is quite a gesture.
On May 12th 2013 he helped PSG to win their first Ligue 1 title since the 1993-94 season, his fourth different top flight winners medal. Four days later, on the 16th May, he announced his retirement from football at the end of the French football season.
4. Free Kick Against Greece – 2002
It’s extra time, England get a free kick for a foul on Teddy Sheringham just outside the area. If Beckham steps up and puts it in the back of the net then England are through to the World Cup finals.
If you don’t remember one of the greatest moments in recent history for England or you quite simply weren’t born, here’s the video.
3. Success at Real Madrid
David received an OBE in June of 2003 in the Queen’s birthday honours for his services to football. A few days later, Manchester United fans would have their hearts broken as it was announced he was moving to Real Madrid in a deal worth £25million.
When he signed for Madrid, he chose to wear the number 23 shirt after his love for basketball star Michael Jordan. He had an up and down time in Spain but in his final season for the Galacticos he helped them to win the La Liga title in his final game for the Spanish giants.
2. 100th Cap for England
In 2008, Beckham went on to join a somewhat elite group of England players by winning his 100th cap for his country. He eventually became the second highest player capped by England, only beaten by goalkeeper Peter Shilton.
However, his 115 appearances did make him the highest capped outfield player for England. He’s among an elite list including World Cup winners Bobby Moore and Bobby Charlton, Sir Tom Finney and Gary Lineker, quite the company!
In 2008 he also went on to captain his country for the 100th time.
1. Manchester United Treble
In 1999, Beckham found himself a part of United’s treble winning side. This came only four years after he made his Premier League debut for Manchester United.
It all started with a win against Nottingham Forest at home on 26th December. They went a staggering 33 games unbeaten in all competitions. After winning no trophies the previous campaign, United won the Premier League, FA Cup and then, facing defeat in the face, went on to win the Champions League, completing their treble.
Beckham had a pivotal part to play in all of this, and with United needing to win against Spurs on the final day of the season to lift the trophy, Beckham went on to score the equaliser that day which helped propel them on to lifting the Premier League trophy.
His past? David Beckham went from a trainee at Tottenham Hotspur to joining Manchester United and in 1991 he signed a Youth Training Scheme with the Red Devils.
In 1992, after just a year as a trainee, he was a part of the team and among the scorers when United beat Crystal Palace in the FA Youth Cup final. He went on to make his first appearance for the first team in 1993 and also signed a professional contract that year.
In 1995, he joined Preston North End on loan for some first team experience. In his five game stint with the club he scored two goals, most notably, one straight from a corner. Sir Alex Ferguson then recalled the youngster and the rest, as they say, is history, even the haircuts.
What are your favourite Becks moments?