David Beckham was born David Robert Joseph Beckham on 2 May 1975 in Leytonstone, London.
In his football career, David Beckham has only played for Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Major League Soccer side L.A. Galaxy, for whom he made his debut as a substitute in a friendly against Chelsea in July 2007.
David Beckham joined Manchester United as a trainee on 8 July 1991. On 23 September 1992, Beckham made his first team debut as a substitute in the Coca Cola Cup tie against Brighton, but didn’t sign as a professional until 22 January 1993.
Beckham’s debut in the league for Man United was in 1995 against Leeds. Beckham’s first premiership goal came on 19 August of that year against Aston Villa.
His full international debut was for England against Moldova on 1 September 1996, but his first goal for his country did not come until a couple of years later, on 26 June 1998 against Columbia.
He first captained England on 15 November 2000 in the match against Italy. Beckham’s appointment was made by caretaker manager, Peter Taylor.
On 4 July 1999 he married Victoria Adams, better known as Posh Spice, in a ceremony at Luttrellstown Castle in Ireland.
They have three sons: Brooklyn Beckham, who was born on 4 March 1999, Romeo Beckham, who was born on 1 September 2002, and Cruz Beckham, who was born on 20 February 2005.
On 13 June 2003 Beckham was awarded the OBE.
On 1 July 2003 David Beckham joined Real Madrid.
On 25 June 2006 with a stunning free-kick from 30 yards in the last 16 of the World Cup match against Ecuador, David Beckham became the first England player to score at three World Cups.
However, the quarter-finals of the World Cup saw England go out on penalties to Portugal and the following day David Beckham announced that he was standing down as England captain.
On 11 August 2006, new England coach Steve McClaren announced his squad for the friendly against Greece and he omitted David Beckham – leading many to believe that Beckham’s 94 England caps would be his final total.
However, Beckham’s performances for Real Madrid forced McClaren to recall him to the national side.
On 26 March 2008, Fabio Capello, the new England manager, recalled David Beckham for his 100th cap in an England friendly against France.
David Beckham became the fifth player to reach 100 England caps, after Billy Wright, Sir Bobby Charlton, Bobby Moore and Peter Shilton.
In February 2009, David Beckham equalled Bobby Moore’s record of 108 caps for an outfield player.