Beckham is a true national icon, and a hero of English football.
Yet his career does not just count through his incredible acts on the football field. A pop culture icon, and major celebrity, the former Three Lions captain turns 40-years-old today.
He may have been retired from playing for a few years now, but Beckham’s legacy lives on. He may not go down as one of the greats in football history - although he did possess incredible talent - but he will certainly be remembered for a wealth of career-defining moments.
We collect the top five moments of Beckham’s career, and although a success off the field of play, we look at his best achievements with a ball at his feet.
The goal vs Wimbledon
The goal which Pele did not even achieve, as Beckham lobbed goalkeeper Neil Sullivan from inside his own half. Despite winning the double the season before, it was this game in 1996 that introduced United’s kids - and Beckham’s right foot - to the world of football.
The red card vs Argentina
Maybe not a ‘great’ moment, but certainly one which will live long in the memory. Just days before Beckham had become national hero after his free-kick against Colombia secured passage to the second round of the 1998 World Cup. Well, he just had to go an ruin that tournament, and his reputation, with is infamous kick of Diego Simeone.
The goal vs Real Madrid
The goal which introduced him to Madrid, and probably the day they knew they had to buy him. A feint and dribble past three defenders before a thunderbolt into the back of the net. A supreme strike worthy of any player.
The penalty vs Argentina
In 2002, the memories of Beckham ’98 lived on, but he exorcised his demons by converting a penalty against rivals Argentina in the World Cup group stage. It may not be the greatest penalty, but for him it was redemption from an entire nation.
The free-kick vs Greece
Really, what needs to be said about this. You’ve seen it, I’ve seen it, everyone has watched Beckham’s equalising free-kick with Greece thousands of times. But you can always watch it once more.