David Beckham is a supernova.
The Englishman is among the most famous celebrities in the world, a figure whose name and likeness has become synonymous with class, elegance. . . and cologne, among other products.
He’s a global icon, one whose name is branded on marquees all over the planet. Beckham is one of soccer’s biggest names despite not having seen a pitch in nearly a decade.
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Here’s everything you need to know about the English icon, one of athletics’ most famous figures.
What teams did David Beckham play for?
It’s easy to forget Becks played footy given his status as a pop culture deity, but he got his start in the beautiful game, whipping delightful ball after delightful ball at Manchester United.
Here’s the rundown of teams he turned out for during his illustrious playing career:
A boyhood United fan, Beckham was part of the famous “Class of ’92” academy crop that brought a host of future Man U legends — including Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes — into the first team.
Beckham starred in the ruby and yellow, suiting up nearly 400 times for the Red Devils. He bagged 85 goals, many of them of the highlight-reel variety.
Beckham reached his pinnacle in 1999 when he led the Mancunians to a treble (Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League titles). He finished second in Ballon d’Or voting, ever so slightly losing out to Brazilian legend Rivaldo.
After nabbing his sixth Premier League title, Becks took his talents to the gleaming streets of Madrid.
After winning everything under the sun at United, Beckham made an earth-shattering transfer to the Bernabeu. Madrid president Florentino Perez, hoping to make a splash, threw the cheddar around as the Madridistas underwent a squad transformation. Beckham was a prime “Galactico” era signing, arriving to the Spanish capital to much fanfare after sealing a £25 million move.
Beckham was a key figure in Madrid’s set-up over the next four seasons, with Los Blanco winning the La Liga title in 2007. But he was far from the club’s talisman. He shared the spotlight with the likes of Ronaldo Nazario, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Raúl.
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Los Angeles Galaxy
Beckham’s time as a steady contributor to teams competing at the upper echelon of European soccer was largely over after that 2007 season, so he set his sights on a new challenge: America.
Beckham swapped Madrid for Muholland Drive in ’07 and kick-started the development of the American soccer pyramid after inking a five-year, $32.5 million deal with the MLS giants.
Determined to make his mark on and off the pitch, Beckham enjoyed a fruitful spell in the Golden State. He captured two MLS Cups while finding the net 20 times in 118 appearances.
After LA, Beckham spent a brief spell in Italy, turning out for the Rossoneri in 2008-09 and 2009-10. Although he was clearly on the back end of his playing career, he had a handful of sparkling showings in the iconic black-and-red strip of Milan. He even sparked rumors of a potential recall into the England senior set-up.
Becks wrapped up his career in style, winning a Ligue 1 title with French titans PSG in 2013. He provided a sumptuous assist for Blaise Matuidi’s strike before departing the pitch to the anthem of cheers. It was his final professional game.
How old is David Beckham?
Surprisingly, David Beckham is 47. He certainly wears it well.
David Beckham net worth
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Beckham is worth a cool $450 million. Much of that stems from his various business holdings, including his investment firm, Beckham Brand Holdings. He controversially inked a 10-year, $210 million contract with the Qatari government last year to be the country’s tourism ambassador, a deal that seemed to balloon his value.
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Who is David Beckham’s wife?
In 1999, Beckham married the famous singer Victoria Adams, better known as Posh Spice, of the pop supergroup Spice Girls. Their relationship was a hot topic in the UK, with many a British tabloid scrutinizing the couple and criticizing Beckham for seemingly embracing celebrity culture.
He proceeded to lead England to the World Cup, punctuated by a sublime last-second free kick against Greece to seal the Three Lions’ spot in the 2002 competition.
How many kids does David Beckham have?
David and Victoria Beckham have four children: sons Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz and daughter Harper.
Brooklyn, 23, was the first to follow in his father’s footsteps. He joined Arsenal’s academy and worked his way up the youth ladder. The Gunners released him at age 16, at which point he turned his attention to modeling.
Romeo, 20, similarly pursued a career in fashion, earning placements in Burberry ad campaigns as a child. He has also made a run at footy, joining USL team Fort Lauderdale CF, the feeder club of his father’s Inter Miami CF. He made his first-team debut in 2021.
Cruz, 17, has opted for the path paved by his mother. He has released several singles over the past few years.
Harper, still an adolescent, takes part in a series of extracurriculars, including horseback riding, judo and even a bit of soccer, when she has time.
What MLS team does David Beckham own?
Beckham — alongside business associates Jorge and Jose Mas — has a majority stake in MLS side Inter Miami CF.
The club, which was founded in 2018, is Beckham’s brainchild, the result of years of work between him, investors and MLS, all of whom were itching for a team to claim Miami as its home. Per Yahoo Sports, the upstart club is worth an estimated $600 million to $650 million.