David Beckham


David Robert Joseph Beckham, OBE is an English former professional footballer married to Victoria Beckham with 4 children: Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz and Harper. Beckham played for Manchester United, Preston North End, Real Madrid, A C Milan, LA Galaxy,Paris Saint-Germain, and the England national team, which he captained and for which he holds the appearance record for an outfield player. He is the first English player to have won league titles in four countries: England, Spain, the United States and France.

Beckham’s glittering professional club career began with Manchester United, where under the guidance of legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson he made his first-team debut in 1992 aged 17. With United, and as a famed member of ‘the class of ‘92’ , Beckham won the Premier League title six times, the FA Cup twice, and the UEFA Champions League in 1999. He then played four seasons with Spanish giants Real Madrid, winning the La Liga championship in his final season with the club before signing a five-year contract with Major League Soccer club LA Galaxy in July 2007. While a Galaxy player, he spent two loan spells in Italy with AC Milan in 2009 and 2010, becoming the first British footballer to play 100 UEFA Champions League games.

Beckham’s international football career with England started with his debut on 1 September 1996 at the age of 21, going on to captain the national side for six years. He made a record 115 career appearances in total, appearing at three FIFA World Cups(1998, 2002 and 2006) and two UEFA European Championship (2000 and 2004). He announced his retirement in May 2013 after a 20-year career.

In 2005 David became a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and has played a crucial role in helping the UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, promote and protect the rights of the world’s most vulnerable children. He has raised global awareness of the dangers children are facing around the world including malnutrition, Ebola and violence. He has travelled to see UNICEF’s work and met children in Sierra Leone, South Africa, Thailand, the Philippines, Cambodia and most recently to Papua New Guinea, Nepal and Djibouti as part of a unique BBC documentary.

In 2015, David launched the ground-breaking initiative 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund to protect millions of children around the world from danger. Marking Beckham’s 10th year as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, ‘7’ is David’s personal commitment over the next decade to helping the world’s most vulnerable children. Through ‘7’, David will use his powerful global voice, influence and connections to raise vital funds and encourage world leaders to create lasting positive change for children.

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