By Giani Boldeanu
David Beckham the footballer
David Beckham may not be the best English footballer but he is definitely the most famous English player in the world. Before Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi and Ronaldinho, the young players’ dreams would be to become the next David Beckham.
At the young age of 16, Beckham started his professional career as a midfielder at Manchester United. He was part of the 1992 generation, one of the best youth generation of Manchester United football academy, having teammates like Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Phil Neville and Paul Scholes. Since his “graduation”, he has played for Manchester United, Preston North End, Real Madrid, AC Milan, LA Galaxy, and Paris Saint-Germain.
He is the only English player that has won league titles with four different teams in four different leagues and countries during his football career.
He’s been nominated twice for the “Ballon d’Or” alongside with players like Rivaldo, Andriy Shevchenko, Luis Figo, Zinedine Zidane and Raul, played 115 times for his national team (where he was captain for 58 of those matches) and played in: three FIFA World Cup tournaments in 1998, 2002, and 2006 and two European Championship tournaments, in 2000 and 2004. Since 2008 he is in the English Football Hall of Fame.
David Beckham, the free-kick specialist is a product of Sir Alex Ferguson’s football school. Sir Alex Ferguson has said that “David Beckham is Britain’s finest striker of a football not because of God-given talent but because he practises with a relentless application that the vast majority of less gifted players wouldn’t contemplate.”
David Beckham the fashion and cultural icon
What is more than clear is that David Beckham is a British Cultural Icon. He had an important contribution in bringing the Olympic games to London in 2012 and was the Olympic ambassador that year – a key figure in the London Games’ team. In 2013, Beckham was awarded the “Order of the British Empire” award by the Queen of England for his contribution to culture, sport and charitable activities.
As well as that, he’s a fashion icon. David is a stylish person, a true gentleman who is always on trend, that’s why he has featured in many fashion campaigns, and launched several clothing lines and fragrance lines. He has been the “protagonist” in many campaigns from H&M, Addidas, Emporio Armani, EA Games, Haig Club Samsung, and has collaborated with Dolce and Gabbana and many other fashion brands. As well as that, Beckham has rocked every hairstyle there is and somehow managed to make every one of them look good. Despite being a full time dad nowadays, he’s shown the world he hasn’t lost his impeccable fashion sense. He has millions of fans, even a lot of female fans due to being a good looking man and being the husband of ex-Spice Girls member, Victoria Beckham, the couple became a global phenomenon trough the years.
David Beckham the football ambassador
Also, in 2013 he was the ambassador of the Chinese Football Superleague and had a great contribution in making football regain the trust of the people after the match fixing scandal and became more popular in China with his worldwide impact and popularity.
He also helped at making football more popular in the USA. After he joined LA Galaxy the number of football fans increased considerably all around USA.
David Beckham charity work
David is a charitable person involved in a lot of charity events. In 2005, Beckham became a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. David is a founding member of the Malaria No More UK Leadership Council, and a supporter of Help for Heroes. David and Victoria Beckham have their own charity “The Victoria And David Beckham Children’s Charity’s ” who is helping children all around the globe. During his contract in France, he donated his 3.4 million pounds wage from Paris Saint Germain, to Unicef .
David Beckham, writer and actor
David Beckham is a very skilled person in multiple fields. He also futures in some movies :”King Arthur Legend of the Sword” , ” The Man from U.N.C.L.E. ” and “Goal II: Living the Dream”.
He also released few books:
“David Beckham: My Side: My Side – The Autobiography”
” Beckham: Both Feet on the Ground: An Autobiography”
“David Beckham : My World”,
“David Beckham: My Story” ,
“Becks Talking” ,
“Making It Real: My Soccer Skills Book” and
“David Beckham’s Soccer Skills by David Beckham”.
David Beckham the businessman
During his football career and after retiring from football, David was involved in the business word, becoming a very successful businessmen.
He holds together with his wife Victoria, several businesses the “Beckham Brand Holdings” company , a group of several businesses with domains of activity like fashion, investment, fashion and image rights. According to The Richest their financial wealth is estimated to $450 million.
David Beckham the football owner
During his American venture when he was playing for L.A. Galaxy, David planned to start his own football club in Miami. David will co-own the club together with another eight investors: Dodgers owner Todd Boehly, brothers Jorge and Jose Mas of MasTec , SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son, American Idol producer Simon Fuller, Sprint CEO Marcelo Clure and Tim Leiweke.
The name of the club has not been announced yet, the club is supposed to join Major Soccer League in 2020.
David Beckham is probably one of the most busiest ex-footballer ever. His fame and popularity on the football field and outside of it made him probably not the best player in the world but for sure the most famous English player ever .