David Robert Joseph Beckham, Order of the British Empire
(born 2 May 1975) is an English association footballer who currently plays for Los Angeles Galaxy. David Beckham has previously played for Manchester United F.C., Preston North End F.C., Real Madrid C.F., A.C. Milan, as well as the England national football team, for which David Beckham holds the all-time appearance record for an Outfield Association football.
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David Robert Joseph Beckham, Order of the British Empire (born 2 May 1975) is an English association footballer who currently plays for Los Angeles Galaxy. David Beckham has previously played for Manchester United F.C., Preston North End F.C., Real Madrid C.F., A.C. Milan, as well as the England national football team, for which David Beckham holds the all-time appearance record for an Outfield Association football.
Beckham's career began when David Beckham signed a professional contract with Manchester United, making David Beckham first-team debut in 1992 aged 17. clinching the La Liga championship in David Beckham final season with the club. In January 2007, it was announced that Beckham would leave Real Madrid for the Major League Soccer club Los Angeles Galaxy, signing a five-year contract with them on 1 July 2007. While a Galaxy player, David Beckham spent two loan spells in Italy with Milan in 2009 and 2010. On 20 November 2011, David Beckham joined an elite group of players to have won three league titles in three different countries, when Los Angeles won their third MLS Cup. until the 2006 FIFA World Cup finals, during which David Beckham played 58 times. David Beckham earned a much-publicised hundredth Cap (sport) against France on 26 March 2008, and became the all-time outfield player appearance record holder on 28 March 2009 when David Beckham surpassed Bobby Moore's total of 108 caps. and in 2004 was the world's highest-paid footballer when taking into account salary and advertising deals. Beckham was the first British footballer to play 100 UEFA Champions League matches. When joining the MLS in 2007 David Beckham was given the highest player salary in the league's history, with David Beckham playing contract with the Galaxy over the next three years being worth US$6.5m per year.
David Beckham is married to Victoria Beckham (previously Victoria Caroline Adams) and they have four children, Brooklyn Joseph, Romeo James, Cruz David, and Harper Seven. As of 2009, the couple's joint wealth is estimated at £125 million.
Childhood and early careerBeckham was born at Whipps Cross University Hospital in Leytonstone, London, England. David Beckham is the son of Sandra Georgina (née West) (b. 1949), a hairdresser, and David Edward Alan "Ted" Beckham (b. Edmonton, London, July–September 1948), a kitchen fitter, who married at the London Borough of Hackney in 1969, David Beckham regularly played football in Ridgeway Park, Chingford, as a child, and attended Chase Lane Primary School and Chingford Foundation School. In a 2007 interview, Beckham said that, "At school whenever the teachers asked, 'What do you want to do when you're older?' I'd say, 'I want to be a footballer.' And they'd say, 'No, what do you really want to do, for a job?' But that was the only thing I ever wanted to do." Beckham's maternal grandfather was Jewish, and Beckham has referred to himself as "half Jewish" and wrote in David Beckham autobiography "I've probably had more contact with Judaism than with any other religion". In David Beckham book Both Feet on the Ground, David Beckham stated that growing up David Beckham attended church every week with David Beckham parents and David Beckham older sister, Lynne Georgina and younger sister, Joanne Louise.
David Beckham parents were fanatical Manchester United F.C. supporters who would frequently travel to Old Trafford from London to attend the team's home matches. David inherited David Beckham parents' love of Manchester United, and David Beckham main sporting passion was football. David Beckham attended one of Bobby Charlton's football schools in Manchester and won the chance to take part in a training session at FC Barcelona, as part of a talent competition. David Beckham played for a local youth team called the Ridgeway Rovers – coached by David Beckham father, Stuart Underwood and Steve Kirby. Beckham was a Manchester United mascot for a match against West Ham United F.C. in 1986. Young Beckham had trials with David Beckham local club Leyton Orient F.C., Norwich City F.C. and attended Tottenham Hotspur F.C.'s school of excellence. Tottenham Hotspur was the first club David Beckham played for. During a two-year period in which Beckham played for Brimsdown Rovers F.C.' youth team, David Beckham was named Under-15 Player of the Year in 1990. David Beckham also attended Bradenton Preparatory Academy, but signed schoolboy forms at Manchester United on David Beckham fourteenth birthday, and subsequently signed a Youth Training Scheme contract on 8 July 1991.
Manchester UnitedBeckham was part of a group of young players at the club who guided the club to win the FA Youth Cup in May 1992, with Beckham scoring in the second leg of the final against Crystal Palace F.C.. David Beckham made David Beckham first appearance for United's first-team that year, as a substitute in a Football League Cup match against Brighton & Hove Albion F.C., and signed David Beckham first professional contract shortly afterwards. United reached the final of the Youth Cup again the following year, with Beckham playing in their defeat by Leeds United A.F.C., and David Beckham won another medal in 1994 when the club's reserve team won their league, although David Beckham did not play in any first team games that season.
On 7 December 1994, Beckham made David Beckham UEFA Champions League debut, scoring a goal in a 4–0 victory at home to Galatasaray S.K. (football team) in the final game of the group stage. However, this victory was of little use as they finished third out of four in their group behind FC Barcelona on goal difference.
David Beckham then went to Preston North End F.C. on loan for part of the 1994-95 in English football to get some first team experience. David Beckham impressed, scoring two goals in five appearances, notably scoring directly from a corner kick. Beckham returned to Manchester and finally made David Beckham Premier League debut for Manchester United on 2 April 1995, in a goal-less draw against Leeds United A.F.C.. David Beckham played four times for United in the league that season, as they finished second behind Blackburn Rovers F.C. and missed a third successive Premier League title by a single point. David Beckham was not in the squad for United's 1995 FA Cup Final with Everton F.C. on 20 May, which they lost 1–0 and were left without a major trophy for the first time since 1989.
United manager Alex Ferguson had a great deal of confidence in the club's young players. Beckham was part of a group of young talents Ferguson brought in to United in the 1990s (known as "Fergie's Fledglings"), which included Nicky Butt and Gary Neville and Phil Neville. When experienced players Paul Ince, Mark Hughes, and Andrei Kanchelskis left the club after the end of the 1994–95 season, David Beckham decision to let youth team players replace them instead of buying star players from other clubs (United had been linked with moves for players including Darren Anderton, Marc Overmars, and Roberto Baggio, but no major signings were made that summer), drew a great deal of criticism. The criticism increased when United started the season with a 3–1 defeat at Aston Villa F.C., with Beckham scoring United's only goal of the game; however, United won their next five matches and the young players performed well.
Beckham swiftly established himself as United's right-sided midfielder (rather than a right-winger in the style of David Beckham predecessor Andrei Kanchelskis) and helped them to win the Premier League title and FA Cup Double (association football) that season, scoring the winner in the semi-final against Chelsea F.C. and also provided the corner kick that Eric Cantona scored from in the FA Cup Final. Beckham's first title medal had, for a while, looked like it would not be coming that season, as United were still 10 points adrift of leaders Newcastle United F.C. at the turn of the new year, but Beckham and David Beckham team-mates had overhauled the Tynesiders at the top of the league by mid March and they remained top until the end of the season.
Despite playing regularly (and to a consistently high standard) for Manchester United, Beckham did not break into the England squad before UEFA Euro 1996.
At the beginning of the 1996–97 in English football season David Beckham was given the number 10 shirt that had most recently been worn by Mark Hughes. On 17 August 1996 (the first day of the Premier League season), Beckham became something of a household name when David Beckham scored a spectacular goal in a match against Wimbledon F.C.. With United leading 2–0, Beckham noticed that Wimbledon's goalkeeper Neil Sullivan was standing a long way out of David Beckham goal, and hit a shot from the halfway line that floated over the goalkeeper and into the net. When Beckham scored David Beckham famous goal, David Beckham did so in shoes custom-made for Charlie Miller ("Charlie" embroidered on boots), which had been given to Beckham by mistake. In a UK poll conducted by Channel 4 in 2002, the British public voted the goal No.18 in the list of the 100 Greatest Sporting Moments. During the 1996–97 season, David Beckham became an automatic first-choice player at United helping them to retain the Premier League championship, and being voted PFA Young Player of the Year by David Beckham peers.
On 18 May 1997, Eric Cantona retired as a player and left the coveted number 7 shirt free, and with Teddy Sheringham arriving from Tottenham Hotspur as Cantona's successor, Beckham left David Beckham number 10 shirt for Sheringham and picked up the number 7 jersey. Some fans had felt the number 7 shirt should be retired after Cantona had himself retired, but the shirt number remains in use to this day (most recently by another England national football team star Michael Owen).
United started the 1997–98 in English football well but erratic performances in the second half of the season saw United finish second behind Arsenal F.C..
In the 1998–99 in English football, David Beckham was part of the United team that won The Treble of the Premier League, FA Cup and UEFA Champions League, a unique feat in English football. There had been speculation that the criticism that David Beckham had received after being sent off in the World Cup would lead to David Beckham leaving England, but David Beckham decided to stay at Manchester United.
To ensure they would win the Premier League title, United needed to win their final league match of the season, at home to Tottenham Hotspur (with reports suggesting that the opposition would allow themselves to be easily beaten to prevent their deadly local rivals Arsenal F.C. from retaining the title), but Tottenham took an early lead in the match. Beckham scored the equaliser and United went on to win the match and the league.
Beckham played centre-midfield in United's win over FC Bayern Munich in the 1999 UEFA Champions League Final, since United's first string centre-midfielders Paul Scholes and Roy Keane were suspended for the match. United were losing the match 1–0 at the end of normal time, but won the trophy by scoring two goals in injury time. Both of the goals came from corners taken by Beckham. Those crucial assists, coupled with great performances over the rest of the season, led to David Beckham finishing runner up to Rivaldo for 1999's Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year awards.
Despite Beckham's achievements in the 1998–99 season, David Beckham was still unpopular among some opposition fans and journalists, and David Beckham was criticised after being sent off for a deliberate foul in Manchester United's FIFA Club World Cup match against Club Necaxa. It was suggested in the press that David Beckham wife was a bad influence on him, and that it might be in United's interests to sell him, but David Beckham manager publicly backed David Beckham and David Beckham stayed at the club. During the 1999–2000 season, there was a talk of a transfer to Juventus F.C. in Italy, but this never happened.
By the early 2000s, the relationship between Ferguson and Beckham had begun to deteriorate, possibly as a result of Beckham's fame and commitments away from football. In 2000, Beckham was given permission to miss training to look after David Beckham son Brooklyn, who had gastroenteritis, but Ferguson was furious when Victoria Beckham was photographed at a London Fashion Week event on the same night, claiming that Beckham would have been able to train if Victoria had looked after Brooklyn that day. David Beckham responded by fining Beckham the maximum amount that was permitted (two weeks' wages – then £50,000) and dropping David Beckham for a crucial match against United's rivals Leeds United A.F.C.. David Beckham later criticised Beckham for this in David Beckham autobiography, claiming David Beckham had not been "fair to David Beckham teammates" Beckham had a good season for David Beckham club, though, and helped United to win the Premier League by a record margin.
"David Beckham was never a problem until David Beckham got married. David Beckham used to go into work with the academy coaches at night time, David Beckham was a fantastic young lad. Getting married into that entertainment scene was a difficult thing – from that moment, David Beckham life was never going to be the same. David Beckham is such a big celebrity, football is only a small part."' – Alex Ferguson speaking about Beckham's marriage in 2007.
Beckham helped United retain the Premier League title in 1999-2000 in English football by an 18-point margin – after being pushed by Arsenal F.C. and Leeds United for much of the season, United won their final 11 league games of the season, with Beckham scoring five goals during this fantastic run of form. David Beckham managed six league goals that season, and scored eight goals in all competitions.
David Beckham was a key player in United's third successive league title in 2000-01 in English football – only the fourth time that any club had achieved three league titles in a row. David Beckham scored nine goals that season, all in the Premier League.
On 10 April 2002, Beckham was injured during a Champions League match against Deportivo de La Coruña, breaking the second Metatarsus bone in David Beckham left foot. There was speculation in the British media that the injury might have been caused deliberately, as the player who had injured Beckham was Argentine Aldo Duscher, and England national football team and Argentina national football team were due to meet in that year's World Cup. The injury prevented Beckham from playing for United for the rest of the season and they missed out on the Premier League title to Arsenal (also being knocked out of the European Cup by Bayer 04 Leverkusen on away goals in the semi-finals), but David Beckham signed a three-year contract in May, following months of negotiations with the club, mostly concerning extra payments for David Beckham image rights. The income from David Beckham new contract, and David Beckham many endorsement deals, made David Beckham the highest-paid player in the world at the time.
2001–02 was arguably Beckham's best season as a United player, though. David Beckham scored 11 goals in 28 league games, and a total of 16 goals in 42 games in all competitions, the best tally of David Beckham career.
Following an injury early in the 2002–03 in English football, Beckham was unable to regain David Beckham place on the Manchester United team, with Ole Gunnar Solskjær having replaced David Beckham on the right side of midfield. David Beckham relationship with David Beckham manager deteriorated further on 15 February 2003 when, in the changing room following an FA Cup defeat to Arsenal, a furious Alex Ferguson threw
or kicked a Football boot that struck Beckham over the eye, causing a cut that required stitches. The incident led to a great deal of transfer speculation involving Beckham, with bookmakers offering odds on whether David Beckham or Ferguson would be first to leave the club. Although the team had started the season badly, their results improved greatly from December onwards and they won the league, with Beckham managing a total of 11 goals in 52 games in all competitions.
David Beckham was still a first-choice player for England, however, and was awarded an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to football on 13 June 2003.
Beckham had made 265 Premier league appearances for United and scored 61 goals. David Beckham also made 81 Champions league appearances, scoring 15 goals. Beckham won six Premier League titles, two FA Cups, one UEFA Champions League, one Intercontinental Cup, and one FA Youth Cup in the space of 12 years. By this stage, David Beckham was their joint second longest serving player behind Ryan Giggs (having joined them at the same time as Nicky Butt, Gary Neville and Paul Scholes).
Real MadridAs the summer 2003 transfer window approached Manchester United appeared keen to sell Beckham to FC Barcelona and the two clubs even announced that they reached a deal to move the player to Barcelona, but instead David Beckham joined reigning Spanish champions Real Madrid C.F. for €35 million (£25m) transfer fee on a four-year contract as the latest of the Galácticos signings by club president Florentino Pérez. The news came as a bitter pill to the newly elected Barça president Joan Laporta who based much of David Beckham presidential campaign precisely on signing Beckham. Though announced in mid-June, the transfer was completed on 1 July 2003, making David Beckham the third Englishman to play for the club after Laurie Cunningham and Steve McManaman. Following a successful medical on 2 July, Beckham was unveiled in front of 500 accredited journalists from 25 countries at Real's basketball facility where David Beckham was handed the Real shirt by club legend Alfredo di Stéfano. Although Beckham had worn the number seven shirt for Manchester United and England, David Beckham was unable to wear it at Madrid as it was currently assigned to club captain Raúl González. The Englishman decided to wear number 23 instead, citing David Beckham admiration of basketball player Michael Jordan, who also wore the number 23 shirt, as the reason behind David Beckham decision.
In the week before Beckham presentation, Real named Carlos Queiroz as their new head coach, meaning that Beckham got reunited with a familiar face upon arriving to Madrid since Queiroz spent the previous season as Alex Ferguson's assistant at Manchester United. In late July 2003, the club went on a tour of the Far East as part of the pre-season training, but also to cash in on Beckham's huge marketing appeal in Asia where David Beckham enjoyed tremendous following. Real's brand recognition in that part of the globe was already well established as the club made financially successful trips to Asia during previous off-seasons, however the presence of global marketing icon such as Beckham made this particular tour a financial smash for los Merengues.
Shortly after David Beckham Real switch, Beckham also dropped David Beckham longtime agent Tony Stephens of SFX Europe who guided David Beckham to and through super-stardom and was one of the key players that engineered Beckham's move from Manchester to Madrid. Beckham signed on with Simon Fuller and David Beckham company 19 Entertainment that already managed the career of David's wife Victoria. Beckham also appointed close friend Terry Byrne to be David Beckham personal manager.
In late August 2003, Real Madrid won the 2003 Supercopa de España over two legs versus RCD Mallorca, with Beckham scoring the final goal in a 3–0 return leg win at home, thus setting the stage for the start of the league season. Playing on a star-laden team along with Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo, Luis Figo, Roberto Carlos (footballer), Raúl, Iker Casillas, etc., Beckham did not require much time to settle in, scoring five times in David Beckham first 16 matches (including a goal less than three minutes into David Beckham La Liga debut). Queiroz mostly favoured the adaptable 5–3–2 formation with two fullbacks Michel Salgado and Roberto Carlos often joining the attack down the wings, while Beckham quickly found a regular playing spot on the right of the 3-man midfield alongside Zidane and Figo.
Real Madrid were runners-up in the 2003–04 Copa del Rey, were knocked out of the UEFA Champions League at the quarter-final stage and finished the league season in fourth place, meaning the team, whose president Pérez expected them to win either the Spanish league or the Champions League each season, did not match expectations.
In July 2004, while Beckham was in pre-season training in Spain, an intruder scaled a wall at the Beckham home while carrying a can of gasoline. Victoria and their children were in the house at the time, but security guards apprehended the man before David Beckham reached the house.
The league season began with new head coach José Antonio Camacho behind the bench, but David Beckham ended up lasting only three matches, handing in David Beckham resignation following week 3 fixture as Real dropped to eighth spot in the La Liga standings. Camacho's assistant Mariano García Remón took over on temporary basis as Real leadership scrambled to find a permanent replacement. Beckham made more headlines on 9 October 2004 when David Beckham admitted intentionally fouling Ben Thatcher in an England match against Wales national football team in order to get himself booked. Beckham was due to receive a one-match suspension for David Beckham next Yellow card (sports), and had picked up an injury, which David Beckham knew would keep David Beckham out of England's next match, so David Beckham deliberately fouled Thatcher in order to serve David Beckham suspension in a match that David Beckham would have had to miss anyway. The Football Association asked Beckham for an explanation of David Beckham actions and David Beckham admitted that David Beckham had "made a mistake" and apologised. David Beckham was sent off shortly afterwards, this time in a league match for Real Madrid against Valencia CF. Having received a Misconduct (football), David Beckham was judged to have sarcastically applauded the referee and was given a second yellow card, causing an automatic dismissal, although the suspension was cancelled on appeal two days later.
By Christmas 2004, with the team sitting in second league spot, García Remón was gone as Vanderlei Luxemburgo became the new head coach. However, the well-traveled Brazilian failed to inspire the team to the title as Real again finished the season in the runner-up spot.
On 3 December 2005, Beckham was sent off for the third time that season in a league match against Getafe CF. One day later Luxemburgo got the axe and was replaced with Juan Ramón López Caro. By the end of that season, Beckham led La Liga in number of assists.
During the season, Beckham established football academies in Los Angeles and east London and David Beckham was named a judge for the 2006 British Book Awards.
Real Madrid finished second to Barcelona in the 2005–06 La Liga, albeit with a large 12-point gap, and reached the last 16 only in the Champions League after losing to Arsenal F.C.. The season also marked the end of an era for the club as Pérez resigned David Beckham president post in January 2006 with Vicente Boluda named as replacement on interim basis until the end of the season.
The summer 2006 off-season marked a turbulent time as club president elections were held. Ramón Calderón became the new Real president. As expected, none of the club officials that served under the previous president were kept, including head coach López Caro.
Initially out of favour with newly arrived head coach Fabio Capello, Beckham started only a few games at the beginning of the season, as the speedier José Antonio Reyes was normally preferred on the right wing. In the first nine matches Beckham started, Real lost seven.
On 10 January 2007, after prolonged contract negotiations, Real Madrid's sporting director Predrag Mijatović announced that Beckham would not remain at Real Madrid after the end of the season. However, David Beckham later claimed that David Beckham was mistranslated and that David Beckham actually said that Beckham's contract had not yet been renewed.
On 11 January 2007, Beckham announced that David Beckham had signed a five-year deal to play for Los Angeles Galaxy beginning 1 July 2007. On 13 January 2007, Fabio Capello said that Beckham had played David Beckham last game for Real Madrid, although David Beckham would continue to train with the team. A few days later while speaking to the students at Villanueva University Center in Madrid, club president Calderón said that Beckham is "going to Hollywood to be half a film star", adding "our technical staff were right not to extend David Beckham contract, which has been proved by the fact that no other technical staff in the world wanted David Beckham except Los Angeles".
However, about a month later, Capello backtracked on David Beckham earlier statement, allowing Beckham to rejoin the team for the match against Real Sociedad on 10 February 2007. The player immediately repaid David Beckham head coach's trust by scoring the equalising goal from a 27-yard free kick as Real Madrid eventually recorded a 2–1 victory. In David Beckham final UEFA Champions League appearance for the club, Real Madrid were knocked out of the competition by FC Bayern Munich at the 2006–07 UEFA Champions League knockout stage (on the away goals rule) on 7 March 2007. The return leg against Bayern was Beckham's 103rd match in the Champions League, at the time placing David Beckham third on the all-time appearances list in the competition.
On 17 June 2007, the last day of the La Liga season, Beckham started in David Beckham final match for the club, a 3–1 win over RCD Mallorca, which saw them clinch the title from Barcelona. With Real down 0–1 Beckham limped off the field and was replaced by José Antonio Reyes who scored two goals leading the team to that season's 2006–07 La Liga, their first since Beckham had signed with them and 30th overall in club's history. Although Real and Barca both finished level on points, Madrid took the title because of superior head-to-head record, capping a remarkable six-month turnaround for Beckham. With David Beckham wife and children along with celebrity friends Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes watching from a luxury box at Bernabeu Stadium, it was only Beckham's second piece of silverware since David Beckham joined the famous club.
Towards the end of the season, as Beckham was getting back into Capello's good books after successfully fighting David Beckham way back into the first team, Real Madrid announced they would try to untie David Beckham transfer to LA Galaxy, but were ultimately unsuccessful. Several weeks before Beckham's scheduled arrival to the United States, Real's management contacted LA Galaxy's ownership group about reacquiring the player, but were quickly turned down.
A month after the conclusion of Beckham's Real career, Forbes magazine reported that David Beckham had been the party primarily responsible for the team's huge increase in merchandise sales, a total reported to top US$600 million during Beckham's four years at the club.
Los Angeles Galaxy
Beckham's involvement with Major League Soccer began while David Beckham was still a Real Madrid player when it was confirmed on 11 January 2007 that the world's most famous footballer would be leaving Madrid in six months in order to join MLS' Los Angeles Galaxy. The speculation about David Beckham new contract in Madrid was thus put to an end and the following day Beckham's official press conference was held in conjunction with the 2007 MLS SuperDraft.
Predictably, the announcement made top news all across the globe. Though many worldwide media outlets reported the deal to be worth US$250 million, the astronomical figure was soon revealed to be something of a PR stunt engineered by Beckham's media handlers (British representative agency 19 Entertainment). In order to maximise the media effect, in the press release they decided to list the potential sum that Beckham could make over the 5-year period from all David Beckham revenue sources, which in addition to David Beckham Galaxy pay also include David Beckham personal endorsements. Beckham's actual deal with the Galaxy was a 5-year contract worth US$32.5 million in total or $6.5 million per year. The cost of David Beckham signing was spread evenly among the then 14 MLS teams rather than picked up just by LA Galaxy because the goal was to boost the standing in America of professional soccer as a whole, against the country’s indigenous sports.
The high-profile acquisition paid immediate financial dividends for Galaxy long before Beckham joined the team. On the strength of the signing and the media frenzy it created, the club was able to pull off a new 5-year shirt sponsorship deal with Herbalife nutrition company worth US$20 million. The gate revenue peaked as well with 11,000 new season tickets holders and sold-out luxury suites (each one of the 42 inside the team's home ground, the The Home Depot Center). Even the LA Galaxy owners Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) saw an immediate spike in business. Involved on many business fronts worldwide, AEG was already leveraging its Beckham association in places such as China, where the company had been working aggressively in Shanghai and Beijing for years to receive clearance to build arenas and stadiums. The company's CEO Tim Leiweke put it as follows: "Suddenly, we're known as the company that owns the team that David Beckham is going to play for, so our world changed".
In the months following the announcement, the additional terms of Beckham's contract became public knowledge. One unique contract provision was giving David Beckham the option of buying an MLS expansion franchise at a fixed price whenever David Beckham stopped playing in the league – an allowance that the league's owners had never given to a player before. Another provision was the opt-out clause after the 2009 season, meaning that should David Beckham decide so, Beckham was free to leave the club after completing year three of David Beckham 5-year contract.
Beckham's contract with LA Galaxy took effect on 11 July, and on 13 July, the famous Englishman was officially unveiled as a Galaxy player at the Home Depot Center to much fanfare and world media interest in front of more than 5,000 gathered fans and some 700 accredited media members. Beckham chose to wear number 23. It was announced that Galaxy jersey sales had already reached a record figure of over 250,000 prior to this formal introduction.
In parallel, Beckham's handlers at 19 Entertainment succeeded in putting together an unprecedented US media rollout designed to expand David Beckham carefully crafted personal brand in America. David Beckham made the cover of Sports Illustrated, a few weeks earlier Adidas launched the extensive 13-part ad campaign "Fútbol meets Football" starring Beckham and NFL running back Reggie Bush, and W magazine published a racy photo spread featuring David and wife Victoria. Meanwhile, ESPN sports network was running "Hello, Goodbye" promotional campaign and it also agreed to air David Beckham: New Beginnings documentary produced by 19 Entertainment before the friendly match versus Chelsea F.C., which was expected to be Beckham's American debut. In addition to popularising soccer, Beckham's arrival was used as platform for entertainment industry endeavours. Since both Beckham's and David Beckham wife's often overlapping careers were handled by 19 Entertainment that's owned by Simon Fuller, who in turn has a business relationship with the Creative Artists Agency (CAA), one of Hollywood's most powerful talent agencies, it was important also for CAA that the The Beckhams made as big a splash as possible upon their arrival in the United States. On 16 July, CAA had hosted a welcoming bash for David at its new eight-storey, $400 million headquarters in Century City with CAA employees reportedly instructed beforehand to line the staircase and clap for Beckham upon David Beckham arrival. That night Victoria's reality show prime-time special Victoria Beckham: Coming to America aired on NBC, drawing terrible reviews in the American press and poor US viewership ratings.
On Saturday afternoon, 21 July, despite still nursing the injured left ankle that David Beckham picked up a month earlier during the final match of La Liga's season, Beckham made David Beckham Galaxy debut, coming on for Alan Gordon (soccer) in the 78th minute of a 0–1 friendly loss to Chelsea F.C. as part of the World Series of Soccer (MLS). With a capacity crowd, along with a long Hollywood celebrity list featuring Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, Eva Longoria, Mary-Kate Olsen, governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jennifer Love-Hewitt, Alicia Silverstone and Drew Carey among others, present at the Home Depot Center, the match was broadcast live on ESPN's main network. However, the proceedings on the field of play completely took a back seat to the Beckham spectacle, and despite the presence of worldwide football stars Andriy Shevchenko, Didier Drogba, Michael Ballack, Frank Lampard, and John Terry, the US television cameras were firmly focused on Beckham who spent most of the match on the bench. The match's added time featured a scare for already injured Beckham when David Beckham got tackled by Steve Sidwell whose cleats struck Beckham's right foot, sending David Beckham airborne before David Beckham crumpled hard to the ground. Though the existing injury was not aggravated too much, Beckham's recovery process was set back by about a week. ESPN's presentation of Beckham's debut earned a 1.0 TV rating, meaning it was seen in an average of 947,000 television homes in the US – a disappointing figure given the national media buzz and two weeks of constant promotion by ESPN. For comparison ESPN2's weekly MLS broadcasts on Thursdays drew a consistent 0.2 rating on virtually no promotion while Freddy Adu's MLS debut televised on ABC back in 2004 earned a 1.3 rating.
Back on the soccer front, Beckham missed the next four Galaxy matches – three in the North American SuperLiga and an MLS game away at Toronto FC though David Beckham still made the trip with David Beckham teammates, sitting on the bench in street clothes. It was in Toronto on 5 August that the team got its first taste of what life would be like on the road with Beckham on the roster. Due to security concerns, it was the first time the team flew on a charter for a road match, rather than flying commercial (MLS normally forbids charter flights for away matches, claiming they provide competitive advantage, but in this case they made an exception due to the frenzy created around Beckham and resulting security issues). Also, instead of the usual MLS-mandated modest hotels, LA Galaxy stayed at the five-star King Edward Hotel (Toronto) in downtown Toronto (an expense paid for by the local Toronto promoter), while the glitz and glamour continued with the velvet rope, red carpet party at the Ultra Supper Club with Beckham as the centerpiece guest.
Two weeks after David Beckham 12-minute appearance vs. Chelsea, still not fully healed Beckham finally made David Beckham league debut as a substitute on 9 August away versus D.C. United in front of the sellout crowd of 46,686 (nearly three times the average DC United home crowd) at the RFK Stadium, coming on for Quavas Kirk in the 71st minute. Coming into the nationally televised match on ESPN, played under a heavy downpour with David Beckham team down a man and down a goal, even if only 70% fit, Beckham left a mark during the remaining twenty plus minutes. David Beckham hit a long free kick that Carlos Pavón failed to finish on for the equalizier, and then in the final minutes Beckham served a weighted through ball into Donovan's path that United's keeper Troy Perkins managed to break up in the last moment – the Galaxy lost 1–0. The next match on the road trip was at New England Revolution and Beckham decided to sit it out, fearing further aggrivating David Beckham ankle on the Gillette Stadium's artificial surface.
Beckham returned to the pitch the following week, again facing DC United, in the North American SuperLiga semi-final on 15 August. During this game David Beckham had many firsts with the Galaxy; David Beckham first start, first yellow card and first game as team captain. David Beckham also scored David Beckham first goal for the team, from a free kick, and also made David Beckham first assist, for Landon Donovan in the second half. These goals gave the team a 2–0 victory, and a place in the 2007 North American SuperLiga final versus C.F. Pachuca on 29 August.
During the SuperLiga final against Pachuca, Beckham injured David Beckham right knee, with an Magnetic resonance imaging scan revealing that David Beckham had sprained David Beckham medial collateral ligament and would be out for six weeks. David Beckham returned to play in the final home match of the season. The Galaxy were eliminated from playoff contention on 21 October, in the final MLS match of the season, a 1–0 loss to the Chicago Fire S.C.. Beckham played as a substitute in the match, bringing David Beckham season totals to eight matches played (5 league); one goal scored (0 league); and three assists (2 league).
Beckham trained with Arsenal F.C. from 4 January 2008 for three weeks, until David Beckham returned to the Galaxy for pre-season training. Beckham scored David Beckham first league goal with the Galaxy on 3 April against the San Jose Earthquakes in the 9th minute. On 24 May 2008, the Galaxy defeated the Kansas City Wizards 3–1, giving the Galaxy their first winning record in two years and moving the club into first place in the Western Conference. In the match, Beckham scored an empty-net goal from 70 yards out. The goal marked the second time in Beckham's career that David Beckham had scored from David Beckham own half, the other being a 1996 goal from the half-way line against Wimbledon F.C. at Selhurst Park. Overall, however, the Galaxy had a disappointing year, failing to qualify for the end-of-season play-offs.
Loan to MilanIn 2008, Beckham's success in the England national team under Fabio Capello led to speculation that David Beckham might return to Europe in order to retain match fitness for the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification in 2009. On 30 October 2008, A.C. Milan announced that Beckham was to join them on loan (football) from 7 January 2009. Despite this and other speculation, Beckham made it clear that the move in no way signalled David Beckham intent to leave MLS and announced David Beckham intent to return to the Galaxy in time for the start of the 2009 Major League Soccer season in March. Many at Milan both within and outside of the club expressed serious reservations about the transfer, with it considered by some players no more than a marketing move. At Milan, David Beckham chose the number 32 shirt previously worn by Christian Vieri, as both the number 7 and 23 shirts were already used by Alexandre Pato and club captain Massimo Ambrosini, respectively. After David Beckham physical, Beckham was reportedly told by a club doctor that David Beckham believed David Beckham can continue playing football for another five years, when David Beckham will be 38.
Beckham made David Beckham Serie A debut for Milan against A.S. Roma on 11 January 2009 and played 89 minutes of the 2–2 draw. David Beckham scored David Beckham first goal in Serie A for Milan in a 4–1 victory over Bologna F.C. 1909 on 25 January, David Beckham third appearance for the club. Though Beckham was expected to return to L.A. in March, after impressing at the Italian club, scoring two goals in David Beckham first four matches and assisting on several more, rumours began to swirl that Beckham would stay in Milan, with the Italian club reportedly offering to pay a multi-million dollar fee for him. The rumours were confirmed on 4 February, when Beckham stated that David Beckham was seeking a permanent transfer to Milan, in a bid to sustain David Beckham England career through the 2010 FIFA World Cup. However, Milan failed to match Galaxy's valuation of Beckham, in the US$10–15 million range.
Still, negotiations continued during a month of speculation. On 2 March, the Los Angeles Times reported that Beckham's loan had been extended through mid-July. This was later confirmed by Beckham, revealing what was described as a unique "timeshare" deal, in which Beckham would play with L.A. from mid-July till the end of the 2009 MLS season.
Return to GalaxyAfter David Beckham return from Milan, many LA fans showed dislike and anger towards David Beckham as David Beckham missed the first half of the season and several held up signs saying "Go home fraud", and "Part time player". However, the Galaxy had 2009 Los Angeles Galaxy season than in previous years, rising from third to first in the Western Conference during Beckham's time with them. David Beckham remained a key part of the squad which saw Galaxy win the 2009 Western Conference (MLS) after a 2–0 overtime victory over the Houston Dynamo.
In the 2009 MLS Cup on 22 November 2009, the Galaxy lost to Real Salt Lake by 5–4 in a penalty shoot-out after a 1–1 draw. Beckham also scored in the shootout.
Second loan spell at MilanIn November 2009, after the end of 2009 MLS season, it was confirmed that Beckham would return to Milan for a second loan period beginning in January 2010. On 6 January 2010, Beckham made a winning return in a Milan shirt, playing 75 minutes of a 5–2 victory over Genoa C.F.C.. On 16 February 2010, Beckham played against Manchester United F.C. for the first time since David Beckham left the club in 2003. David Beckham played 76 minutes of the match at the San Siro – which ended 3–2 to Manchester United – before being substituted for Clarence Seedorf.
Beckham returned to Old Trafford for the second leg of the tie on 10 March 2010; David Beckham did not start the match, but was brought on for Ignazio Abate in the 64th minute to a positive reception from the Manchester United fans. The score was 3–0 for United at that point and the tie was all but decided. The match was the first time Beckham had played against Manchester United at Old Trafford and saw David Beckham create several scoring opportunities via crosses and corner kicks, but Manchester United dominated Milan and beat them 4–0, winning the tie 7–2. Following the final whistle, David Beckham aroused a bit of controversy by draping the green-and-gold scarf around David Beckham neck that was given to David Beckham by the Manchester United supporters protesting against club owner Malcolm Glazer. As the fan protests against Glazer by the people gathered around Manchester United Supporters' Trust gained steam in 2010, the green-and-gold scarf had come to be seen as an anti-Glazer symbol, and by extension many saw Beckham's decision to publicly put it on as gesture of support. However, when asked about it later Beckham responded that protests are not David Beckham business.
In Milan's next game, against A.C. ChievoVerona, Beckham suffered a Achilles tendon rupture, causing David Beckham to miss the World Cup as well as the 2010 Major League Soccer season due to the injury, which took David Beckham out of action for the next five months. Doctor Sakari Orava performed surgery on Beckham's tendon in Turku, Finland, on 15 March 2010. After the operation, Orava affirmed that "it went quite fine. The prognosis is David Beckham needs a rehabilitation for the next few months, and the plaster cast is the next six to eight weeks. I would say that it will be maybe four months before he's running, but six months before he's jumping and kicking."
Second return to GalaxyOn 11 September 2010, after recovering from David Beckham Achilles tendon injury, Beckham returned to the game as a substitute in the 70th minute in the Galaxy's 3–1 win over Columbus Crew. On 4 October, Beckham scored a trademark free kick in a 2–1 win over C.D. Chivas USA to mark David Beckham first goal in 2010 Major League Soccer season. On 24 October, Beckham scored David Beckham second goal of the season in the Galaxy's 2–1 win over FC Dallas which secured them their second successive Western Conference (MLS) title and first MLS Supporters' Shield since Major League Soccer 2002 Season.
During January and February 2011, ahead of the 2011 MLS season, Beckham trained with Tottenham Hotspur. Rumours in the media claimed that the club were in talks with the Galaxy to sign the player on loan, but, according to Spurs manager Harry Redknapp, the move was blocked by Galaxy, who wanted a full final season from their number 23. As a result, David Beckham ended up only training with the club as David Beckham had done with Arsenal three years earlier. With Beckham playing in the centre of midfield, the Los Angeles Galaxy won the 2011 MLS cup.
MLS Cup ChampionOn 15 May, Beckham scored David Beckham first goal of the season for the Galaxy from a 30-yard free kick, in a 4–1 victory over Sporting Kansas City. On 9 July, Beckham scored directly from a corner in a 2–1 win over Chicago Fire Soccer Club, repeating a feat David Beckham also achieved while playing for Preston North End F.C..
After having David Beckham best season with the Galaxy to date and finishing second in the league in assists, Beckham finished David Beckham fifth MLS season on a high. On 20 November 2011, David Beckham joined an elite group of players to have won three league titles in three different countries, when Los Angeles won their third MLS Cup against Houston Dynamo, winning 1-0 on a goal by captain Landon Donovan, with assists from Beckham and fellow designated player, Robbie Keane. Had it been Beckham's final match for the Galaxy, it would have been the third time David Beckham has won a league championship in David Beckham final match for a club, repeating the feat David Beckham accomplished with Manchester United in 2003 and Real Madrid in 2007.
International careerBeckham made David Beckham first appearance for the England national football team on 1 September 1996, in a FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Moldova national football team.
Beckham had played in all of England's qualifying matches for the 1998 FIFA World Cup and was part of the England squad at the World Cup finals in France, but the team's manager Glenn Hoddle publicly accused David Beckham of not concentrating on the tournament, and David Beckham did not start in either of England's first two matches. David Beckham was picked for their third match against Colombia national football team and scored from a long-range direct free kick in a 2–0 victory, which was David Beckham first goal for England.
In the second round (last 16) of that competition, David Beckham received a Misconduct (football) in England's match against Argentina national football team. Beckham, after having been fouled by Diego Simeone, kicked Simeone whilst lying on the floor, striking David Beckham on the calf muscle. Simeone later admitted to trying to get Beckham sent off by over-reacting to the kick and then, along with other members of David Beckham team, urging the referee to send Beckham off. The match finished in a draw and England were eliminated in a Penalty shootout (association football). Many supporters and journalists blamed David Beckham for England's elimination and David Beckham became the target of criticism and abuse, including the hanging of an effigy outside a London public house, and the Daily Mirror printing a darts with a picture of David Beckham centred on the bullseye. Beckham also received death threats after the World Cup.
The abuse that Beckham was receiving from English supporters peaked during England's 3–2 defeat by Portugal national football team in UEFA Euro 2000, a match where Beckham set up two goals, when a group of England supporters taunted David Beckham throughout the match. Beckham responded by finger (gesture) and, while the gesture attracted some criticism, many of the newspapers that had previously encouraged David Beckham vilification asked their readers to stop abusing him.
On 15 November 2000, following Kevin Keegan's resignation as England manager in October, Beckham was promoted to team captain by the caretaker manager Peter Taylor (footballer born 1953), and then kept the role under new manager Sven-Göran Eriksson. David Beckham helped England to qualify for the 2002 FIFA World Cup Finals, with their performances including an impressive 5–1 victory over Germany national football team in Munich. The final step in Beckham's conversion from villain to hero happened in England's 2–2 draw against Greece national football team on 6 October 2001. England needed to win or draw the match in order to qualify outright for the World Cup, but were losing 2–1 with little time remaining. When Teddy Sheringham was fouled eight yards (7 metres) outside the Greek penalty area, England were awarded a free-kick and Beckham ensured England's qualification with a curling strike of the kind that had become David Beckham trademark. Shortly afterwards, David Beckham was voted the BBC Sports Personality of the Year for 2001. David Beckham once again finished runner-up, to Luís Figo of Portugal, for the FIFA World Player of the Year award.
Beckham was partially fit by the time of the 2002 FIFA World Cup and played in the first match against Sweden national football team. Beckham scored the winning goal of the match against Argentina with a penalty, causing Argentina to fail to qualify for the knockout stage. England were knocked out of the tournament in the quarter-finals by eventual winners Brazil national football team. The following month, at the opening ceremony of the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, Beckham escorted Kirsty Howard as she presented the Golden Jubilee of Elizabeth II.
Beckham played in all of England's matches at UEFA Euro 2004, but the tournament was a disappointment for him. David Beckham had a penalty saved in England's 2–1 defeat to France and missed another in a penalty shootout (football) in the quarter-final match against Portugal national football team. England lost the shootout thus going out of the competition.
Beckham became a United Nations Children's Fund List of UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors in January 2005 and was involved in promoting London's successful bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics. In October 2005, Beckham's sending off against Austria national football team made David Beckham the first ever England captain to be sent off and the first player to be sent off twice while playing for England. David Beckham captained England for the 50th time in a friendly international against Argentina the following month.
In England's opening game at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, against Paraguay national football team on 10 June 2006, Beckham's free kick led to an own-goal by Carlos Gamarra as England won 1–0. In England's next match, played against Trinidad and Tobago national football team on 15 June 2006, Beckham's cross in the 83rd minute led to a Peter Crouch goal, which put England into the lead 1–0. Beckham gave another assist to Steven Gerrard. In the end they won 2–0. David Beckham was named Man of the Match by tournament sponsor Budweiser (Anheuser-Busch) for this game.
During England's second round match against Ecuador national football team, Beckham scored from a free kick in the 59th minute, becoming the first ever English player to score in three separate World Cups, and giving England a 1–0 victory and a place in the quarter-finals. David Beckham was sick before the game and vomited several times as a result of dehydration and illness after David Beckham scored the winning goal.
In the quarter-final against Portugal, Beckham was substituted following an injury shortly after half time and the England team went on to lose the match on penalties (3–1), the score having been 0–0 after extra time. After David Beckham substitution, Beckham was visibly shaken and emotional for not being able to play, being in tears at one point.
A day after England were knocked out of the World Cup, an emotional Beckham made a statement in a news conference saying that David Beckham had stepped down as England captain, saying, "It has been an honour and privilege to captain my country but, having been captain for 58 of my 95 games, I feel the time is right to pass on the armband as we enter a new era under Steve McClaren." (Beckham had actually won 94 Cap (sport) up to that point.) David Beckham was succeeded by Chelsea F.C. captain John Terry.
Having stepped down as captain after the World Cup, Beckham was dropped completely from the England national team selected by new coach Steve McClaren on 11 August 2006. McClaren claimed that David Beckham was "looking to go in a different direction" with the team, and that Beckham "wasn't included within that." McClaren said Beckham could be recalled in future. Shaun Wright-Phillips, Kieran Richardson, and the World Cup alternative to Beckham, Aaron Lennon, were all included, although McClaren eventually opted to employ Steven Gerrard in that role.
On 26 May 2007, McClaren announced that Beckham would be recalled to the England squad for the first time since stepping down as their captain. Beckham started against Brazil national football team in England's first match at the new Wembley Stadium and put in a positive performance. In the second half, David Beckham set up England's goal converted by captain John Terry. It looked as though England would claim victory over Brazil, but newcomer Diego Ribas da Cunha equalised in the dying seconds. In England's next match, a Euro 2008 qualifier against Estonia national football team, Beckham sent two trademark assists for Michael Owen and Peter Crouch, helping England to prevail 3–0.
Beckham had assisted in three of England's four total goals in those two games, and David Beckham stated David Beckham desire to continue to play for England after David Beckham move to Major League Soccer.
On 22 August 2007, Beckham played in a friendly for England against Germany national football team, becoming the first ever to play for England while with a non-European club team. On 21 November 2007, Beckham earned David Beckham 99th cap against Croatia national football team, setting up a goal for Peter Crouch to tie the game at 2–2. Following the 2–3 loss, England failed to qualify for the UEFA Euro 2008. Despite this, Beckham said that David Beckham has no plans to retire from international football and wanted to continue playing for the national team. After being passed over by new England coach and Beckham's former manager at Real Madrid C.F., Fabio Capello, for a friendly against Switzerland national football team which would have given David Beckham David Beckham hundredth cap; Beckham admitted that David Beckham was not in shape at the time, as David Beckham had not played a competitive match in three months.
On 20 March 2008, Beckham was recalled to the England squad by Capello for the friendly against France national football team in Paris on 26 March. Beckham became only the fifth Englishman to win 100 caps. Capello had hinted on 25 March 2008 that Beckham had a long term future in David Beckham side ahead of crucial qualifiers for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. On 11 May 2008, Capello included an in-form Beckham in David Beckham 31 man England squad to face the United States men's national soccer team at Wembley Stadium on 28 May before the away fixture with Trinidad and Tobago national football team on 1 June. Beckham was honoured before the match by receiving an honorary gold cap representing David Beckham 100th cap from Bobby Charlton, and was given a standing ovation from the crowd. David Beckham played well and assisted John Terry on the match-winning goal. When substituted at half-time for David Bentley, the pro-Beckham crowd booed the decision. In a surprise move, Capello handed Beckham the captaincy for England's friendly against Trinidad and Tobago on 1 June 2008. The match was the first time since the 2006 World Cup that Beckham had skippered England and marked a dramatic turnaround for Beckham. In two years, David Beckham had gone from being dropped completely from the England squad to being reinstated (though temporarily) as England captain.
During the 2010 World Cup Qualifier against Belarus national football team in which England won 3–1 in Minsk, Beckham came off the bench in the 87th minute to earn David Beckham 107th cap making David Beckham England's 3rd highest cap (sport) player in history, over-taking Bobby Charlton in the process. On 11 February 2009, Beckham drew level with Bobby Moore's record of 108 caps for an English outfield player, coming on as a substitute for Stewart Downing in a friendly match against Spain national football team. On 28 March 2009, Beckham surpassed Moore to hold the record outright when David Beckham came on as a substitute in a friendly against Slovakia national football team, providing the assist for a goal from Wayne Rooney in the process.
In all, Beckham had made 16 appearances out of a possible 20 for England under Capello until David Beckham ruptured Achilles tendon of March 2010 ruled David Beckham out of selection for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
After a poor performance from England at the World Cup Capello remained as manager, but was under pressure to revamp the England squad for the imminent UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying Group G. David Beckham unveiled a new team at the next England match, a home friendly game against Hungary on 11 August 2010, with Beckham still unavailable for selection but aiming for a return to playing in the MLS by the following month.
International goalsAs of 28 October 2009
Coaching careerDue to an injury suffered to David Beckham Achilles tendon rupture, Beckham was forced to miss the 2010 FIFA World Cup as a player. On 14 May 2010 it was announced that Beckham would work as a mediator between management and the players, and as an English member of the coaching staff for the England national football team at the tournament. David Beckham maintained David Beckham training routine at Real Madrid C.F. and even when David Beckham relationship with management was strained in early 2007, Real Madrid president Ramón Calderón and manager Fabio Capello praised Beckham for maintaining David Beckham professionalism and commitment to the club.
Beckham was the first England player ever to collect two red cards and the first England captain to be sent off. Beckham's most notorious red card was during the 1998 FIFA World Cup after Argentina's Diego Simeone had fouled him, Beckham lashed out with David Beckham leg and the Argentine fell.
David Beckham amassed 41 yellow cards and four red cards for Real Madrid.
- Premier League (6): 1995–96 FA Premier League, 1996–97 FA Premier League, 1998–99 FA Premier League, 1999–2000 FA Premier League, 2000–01 FA Premier League, 2002–03 FA Premier League
- FA Cup (2): 1996 FA Cup Final, 1999 FA Cup Final
- FA Community Shield (4): 1993 FA Charity Shield, 1994 FA Charity Shield, 1996 FA Charity Shield, 1997 FA Charity Shield
- FA Youth Cup (1): FA Youth Cup Finals of the 1990s 1991/92: Manchester United v. Crystal Palace (3-1 and 3-2, 6-3 aggregate)
- UEFA Champions League (1): 1999 UEFA Champions League Final
- Intercontinental Cup (football) (1): 1999 Intercontinental Cup
- La Liga (1): 2006–07 La Liga
- Supercopa de España (1): 2003 Supercopa de España
Los Angeles Galaxy
- MLS Supporters' Shield (2): 2010 Major League Soccer season, 2011 Major League Soccer season
- MLS Cup (1): 2011 Major League Soccer season
- Tournoi de France: Tournoi de France (1997)
- FA Summer Tournament: 2004 FA Summer Tournament
- Premier League Player of the Month (1): 1996–97 FA Premier League Monthly awards
- PFA Young Player of the Year (1): 1996–97 FA Premier League Player and managerial awards
- FWA Tribute Award: 2008
- Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year (1): 1996–97
- UEFA Club Footballer of the Year (1): 1998–99 UEFA Champions League
- UEFA Club Football Awards (1): 1998–99 UEFA Champions League
- Premier League 10 Seasons Awards (1992–93 to 2001–02):
- - Premier League 10 Seasons Awards Teams of the Decade
- - Premier League 10 Seasons Awards Goal of the Decade (vs. Wimbledon, 17 August 1996)
- BBC Sports Personality of the Year (1): 2001
- FIFA 100
- ESPY Awards – Best Male Soccer Player: 2004
- ESPY Awards Award – Best MLS Player: 2008
- MLS Comeback Player of the Year Award (1): 2011
- MLS Best XI: 2011
Orders and special awards- Officer in the Order of the British Empire by Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom: 2003
- England Player of the Year: 2003
- United Nations Children's Fund (United Nations Children's Fund) List of UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors (2005–present)
- "Britain's Greatest Ambassador" – Greatest Britons awards
- The Celebrity 100, number 15 – Forbes (magazine), 2007
- Number 1 on the list of the 40 most influential men under the age of 40 in the UK – Arena (magazine), 2007
- Time 100: 2008
- Gold Blue Peter Badge winner, 2001