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David Beckham: Overrated or world class?

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David Beckham makes women's hearts throb and goalkeepers quake in their boots - or at least he used to, as he has now retired.

So, what better of time to analyse his career spanning 20 years and over five different countries than now?

If you asked a million people if they knew of David Beckham, 99.9% of them would say yes. Even if they know nothing about football at all - but why?

Simply because Beckham is not just a football player, he is a global phenomenon. Known for his looks, his image, his wife Posh Spice from the Spice Girls and his saucy modelling in his tight boxer shorts, as well as his football skills.

This is why many people call Beckham overrated. Many people see him as someone who has only made it because of his global image, but is this true? Of course not.

Beckham played in five different countries during his career as well as playing and captaining the England national team. Starting his career in England with Manchester United where he went on loan at Preston North End, before moving to Spain with Real Madrid for a multi-million pound move.

Then Beckham moved to the United States with Los Angeles Galaxy, with an aim to promote American 'soccer', before moving to Paris Saint-Germain to finish his career. (He also had a loan move to Italian side AC Milan during his stint at Galaxy).

So what has David achieved in his career? What league titles, cups, or individual awards has he won?

Manchester United

6 Premier League titles, as well as 2 F.A. Cups, 4 Community Shields, 1 Champions League and 1 Intercontinental Cup.

Real Madrid

1 La Liga League Title and 1 Supercopa de Espana.

L.A. Galaxy

2 MLS cups and 3 Western League titles

Paris Saint-Germain

1 Ligue 1 League title

As well as coming second in 1999 to Rivaldo for the FIFA World Player of the Year.

Known for his trademark free-kicks, people assume Beckham could only take free-kicks and do nothing else. Who remembers when he scored directly from a corner on loan at Preston North End and twice for LA Galaxy? Who remembers when Beckham chipped Wimbledon goalkeeper Neil Sullivan from his own half? What about when Beckham single-handedly got England into the World Cup after scoring that free-kick that shook the world against Greece?

Who remembers that 70-yard goal he scored in the MLS? Now, who remembers when Beckham played that sublime pass to Ronaldo from the halfway line for Real Madrid? I think you get the point.

Yes - David Beckham is known for his name, but being England's most capped outfield player, being the first Englishman to win league titles in four different countries as well as captaining his national team just goes to show, Beckham was world-class and will be sorely missed in the world of football, as it's very unlikely we'll see someone of his class ever again.

 

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