There is no doubt that David Beckham is arguably the most well known footballer in the world.
He has now decided to call time on his glittering career and pursue other interests but will forever be remembered on and off the pitch for his achievements.
His on-field career has taken him to some great clubs – Manchester United, Real Madrid, AC Milan and Paris Saint Germain – where he has been a major influence. Beckham is the first Englishman to win league titles in four different countries after this season’s triumph at PSG.
Added to this he was a major influence in highlighting football in America with his spell at Los Angeles Galaxy. Making nearly 100 appearances in his spells in LA gave the MLS much needed publicity but also elevated LA Galaxy as a major force in American soccer and also attracted many other big names to the league.
Beckham has always been passionate about his country and been available at all times. His record 115 caps and six years as captain, during which time he collected 58 caps, make Beckham the stand out Englishman of his generation. Beckham never won a major trophy with England but he has given his all.
He has had fantastic moments as a player for his country, who could forget that free-kick against Greece that led to England qualifying for the World Cup. Moments like that were made for Beckham.
Added to all this Beckham was runner-up for the World Player of the year award on two occasions , was the first England player to score at three World Cups and the first British footballer to play 100 Champions League games.
Beckham simply loved playing the game, always gave a hundred per cent and set the standards for others in training. That is why his career has been so long and so successful.
A lot of people point towards Beckham’s career being overshadowed by his off-field activities but that is far from the truth. Beckham has been thoroughly professional at all times and not allowed his off-field stardom to affect his on-field performances.
Beckham can be classed as a legend for his off-field activities as well. He has played a part in many different projects, whether it be promoting the Olympic Games in London or the World Cup bid, or promoting charities.
He is willing to help out others and allows his iconic status to be used for other people gain which in itself is an unselfish act. Yes, he is highly paid but there are many highly paid players who do very little to give anything back to the game that has given them so much.
So what next for David Beckham? I believe he will continue to promote good causes whether that be for Britain or worldwide and he will do so with the same dedication and commitment that he did throughout his playing career.
He will continue to be a role model for youngsters as he looks towards an ambassadorial role. He still has a huge role to play in football as he has the appeal to spread the good of the game around the world and influence through football many other issues such as poverty.
He has always been much more than a footballer and now he has the opportunity to pursue that, but let’s not forget his fantastic career. How long will it be before he becomes Sir David Beckham?
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