One criticism of England’s best players is that they rarely test themselves abroad. The same can’t be said of Beckham, who took his chance to join another of the world’s biggest clubs in 2003.
The move to Real Madrid made commercial sense for the Spanish giants, but his performances on the pitch also can’t be questioned following the £24.5million switch.
Success wasn’t a guarantee for the ‘Galacticos’ however, and it was in his final season that he finally got his hands on the La Liga title. Manager Fabio Capello had written him off just months earlier.