The life of David Beckham: his path to fame and wealth
Beckham was born in London, England on May 2, 1975. His father is an exceptional Manchester United fan and no doubt encouraged him to play football from a young age. At the tender age of 11, he won a major youth soccer event and attracted the attention of Manchester United scouts. He joined Manchester United in the coaching division at the age of 16 and was officially signed in 1993. He played his ManU debut in 1995.
With his handsome appeal and trademark free kicks, he quickly gained popularity. He later landed several endorsement deals, including deals with Adidas, Pepsi, and Gillette. In 1997, he met Victoria “Posh Spice” Adams, and Beckham proposed to her in January 1998. In the same year, Beckham became the most hated man in Britain after receiving a red card after kicking Diego Simeone. , who fouled him in the famous Argentina-England match. The English team went on to lose on penalty kicks. He received death threats after the game.
In 1999, Posh gave birth to Brooklyn, her first child. She also held a wedding dinner on July 4, estimated to cost around $800,000. He became the English captain in 2000. In 2001, Beckham became the nation’s hero when his free kick tied the game against Greece. thus, England qualified for the 2002 World Cup.
He moved to Real Madrid in 2003 after problems arose with manager Sir Alex Ferguson. There weren’t many achievements from him when he wore the Madrid shirt, and he only won the La Liga title in 2007. It was also in this period that he launched his training academies in California, London and Los Angeles.
He joined the Los Angeles Galaxy in Major League Soccer in 2007 amid rumors that he wanted to help Posh pursue their fashion ambitions in the United States. She signed a 5-year contract reportedly worth $250 million. It was a disappointing season for Beckham as he was ruled out for 6 weeks after injuring his right knee. On October 30, 2008, AC Milan announced that Beckham would join them on loan from January 7, 2009. It was rumored that this move would see Beckham play in Europe again. Beckham expressed interest in staying with Milan the following month, but Milan were unable to match LAG’s transfer offer of around $10–15 million. Currently, Beckham is still on loan to Milan and is preparing for the 2010 World Cup.