David Beckham: A tribute
A look back at the career highlights of the iconic former England captain
Former England captain David Beckham is possibly the most famous footballer of all time.
The 38-year-old has had a truly phenomenal career, playing for many of the world's most triumphant and successful teams. His superb individual techniques have earned him a reputation as one of the greatest free-kick takers to ever play and that technique has remained significantly useful throughout his whole career. Not many players have had the opportunity to play for as many great teams as Beckham, and no matter which team he plays for, he always manages to perform marvellously.
Beckham will always adore Manchester United. Even though he transferred years ago, he still loves the club and never imagined he would leave. He was extremely successful with the club, winning many league titles, FA Cup's and one sensational Champion's League. In 2003, Beckham transferred to Spain to play with the legends, Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo and Raul, representing Real Madrid. It was a truly emotional time in Beckham's career, but he will always be known as a United luminary.
Real Madrid was a solid fit for Beckham. He had a first-team place, along side many more of the world's top players. He signed for €35 million on a four-year contract becoming part of the legendary Galácticos.
Beckham was victorious with the club many times, once again proving how incredibly talented he is. Playing for Madrid was a memorable time in Beckham's career, one that I'm sure he will remember for a long time.
In the year of 2007, the world's most famous footballer left La Liga to join MLS side Los Angeles Galaxy. This was the first time that a European star decided to play in the United States, and what an impact he had.
Aside from scoring some sensational goals and assisting his team-mates on numerous occasions, Beckham inspired the United States to play more 'soccer'. Since Beckham's arrival in the USA, other European stars such as Irish goal-machine Robbie Keane and French master Thierry Henry have also transferred to play in the MLS.
Beckham has had an astounding influence on the United States' opinion on soccer, which has developed dramatically in the past few years.
In 2008, Beckham was transferred on loan to AC Milan. David was back in Europe, once again proving that he was capable of playing at the top level.
In Milan, Beckham was reportedly informed by one of the teams doctors that he was capable of playing for five more years, up to the age of 38. Regardless of the doctor's opinion, Beckham is still capable of making that 100% accurate pass from one end of the pitch to the other and it is highly possible that he could continue for even longer.
After two brief spells at Milan, and two returns to Galaxy, Beckham eventually ended up at the expanding French side Paris Saint-Germain.
Beckham has had a solid number of performances for the skilful side, playing along swedish threat, Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Beckham had an excellent performance in the 2-2 home leg against Barcelona in the Champions League.
Even with Andres Iniesta, Xavi and Lionel Messi on the field, Beckham stood out due to his evident consistency and class.
Beckham has had one of the most controversial yet heroic careers of anybody. As he continues to play in France, after playing in England, Spain, USA and Italy, he remains a great pick for any manager.
One may be surprised to why he is not included in the England squad, but I'm sure Beckham is happy playing where he is. He has had the opportunity to play in so many different leagues all around the world, and when his remarkable career finally comes to an end, the world will wonder how to continue without Beckham.
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