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Facts You Didn't Know about David Beckham

When it comes to football, fashion, business and acting, there are not many names coming to our mind, but David Beckham is one of them with no doubt.

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Early life and the dream of being a footballer

Early life and the dream of being a footballer

Beckham was born at Whipps Cross University Hospital in Leytonstone, London, England. He is the son of Sandra Georgina who was a hairdresser, and David Edward Alan "Ted" Beckham, who was a kitchen fitter. He has an older sister, Lynne Georgina, and a younger sister, Joanne Louise.

David regularly played football in Ridgeway Park, Chingford, as a child, and attended Chase Lane Primary School and Chingford County High School. In a 2007 interview, Beckham said that at school whenever the teachers asked him what he wanted to do when he gets older, he always said that he wants to be a footballer and when they asked again and wanted to know what he really wants to choose as his future job, nothing changed and he replied with the same answer.

His parents were fanatical Manchester United supporters who frequently travelled to Old Trafford from London to attend the team's home matches. David inherited his parents' love of Manchester United, and his main sporting passion was football. He attended one of Bobby Charlton's football schools in Manchester and won the chance to take part in a training session with Barcelona, as part of a talent competition.

It would also be interesting to know that David Beckham was an excellent distance runner as a kid.

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Football career

Football career

Known for his range of passing, crossing ability and bending free-kicks as a right winger, Beckham's professional club career began with Manchester United, where he made his first-team debut in 1992 at age 17. He has won the Premier League title six times, the FA Cup twice, and the UEFA Champions League in 1999 with the Red Devils. He then played four seasons with Real Madrid, winning the La Liga championship in his final season with the club. Then in 2007, he joined LA Galaxy, based on a five-year contract. While a Galaxy player, he spent two loan spells in Italy with Milan in 2009 and 2010. He was the first British footballer to play 100 UEFA Champions League games. In international football, Beckham made his England debut on 1 September 1996 at the age of 21. He was captain for six years, earning 58 caps during his tenure.

His titles and achievements are: Six time Premier League title winner, the FA Cup winner foe two times, 1999 UEFA Champions League winner, La Liga title winner in 2006/07, Ballon d'Or Runner-up in 1999, FIFA World Player of the Year, Silver Award winner in 1999 & 2001, three times Premier League top assist provider, England Player of the Year in 2003, UEFA Club Footballer of the Year in 1998/99, 2018 UEFA President's Award & many more.

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Red and Yellow cards!

Red and Yellow cards!

It is fun to know that Beckham was the first England national team player ever to collect two red cards, and the first England captain to be sent off. The 44-year-old’s most notorious red card was during the 1998 World Cup after Argentina's Diego Simeone had fouled him. As a result, Beckham, who was lying face down on the pitch, kicked out at the Argentine midfielder, who fell dramatically.

In club level, the English player, received 41 yellow cards and four red cards at Real Madrid, while all his four red cards came in La Liga. He received one red card while at Paris Saint-Germain, picked up in injury time in a match against Evian on 28 April 2013. Between 2000 and 2013, Beckham played 420 competitive games for England, Milan, LA Galaxy, Manchester United, Real Madrid and PSG, and received seven red cards, one every 60 matches on average.

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One of the sexiest in the world

One of the sexiest in the world

David Beckham’s good looks have been considered by many people and many know him as one of the hottest men on the planet. He has been praised for his looks and athletic physique throughout his career. David is 6' 0" (1.83 m) tall and he weighs 165 lb (75 kg). In 2015 he was named as People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive."

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David & Victoria

David & Victoria

Dubbed by media as Posh & Becks, David started dating Victoria Adams back in 1997, after she attended a Manchester United match. She was famously known as "Posh Spice" of the pop music group Spice Girls, which was one of the world's top pop groups at the time, and his team was also enjoying a great run of success. That’s why their relationship instantly attracted a great deal of media attention and they started referring at them as "Posh and Becks". David proposed to Victoria on 24 January 1998 in a restaurant in Cheshunt, England and they married on 4 July 1999 at Luttrellstown Castle in Ireland.

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The wedding!

The wedding!

Posh and Becks’S wedding cost £628,000. Victoria wore a diamond-encrusted crown, and Beckham wore an ivory suit. The media were kept away from the ceremony as the couple has a deal to sell the pictures of their wedding to OK! magazine for £1.73m!However, newspapers were still able to obtain photographs showing them sitting on golden thrones.

Beckham's teammate Gary Neville was the best man, and the couple's infant son, Brooklyn, was the ring bearer.

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The couple has four children

The couple has four children

David and Victoria Beckham have four children: Their first son, Brooklyn Joseph was born on 4 March 1999 in London, just couple of months before their wedding. Romeo James was born three years later on 1 September 2002 at Portland Hospital and then three years later Cruz David came to the world on 20 February 2005 in Madrid. This is while their daughter, Harper Seven was born 10 July 2011 in Los Angeles. It is interesting to know that Elton John, the famous singer is godfather to Brooklyn and Romeo Beckham while their godmother is Elizabeth Hurley.

Same as their father, Brooklyn and Romeo both have done modeling and have been named among GQ's best dressed British men. This is while all three have played football in the Arsenal Academy

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Victoria Calls Him ‘Golden Balls’

Victoria Calls Him ‘Golden Balls’

Beckham’s nickname is ‘Golden Balls’, as his wife calls him so. Beckham is adored by many football fans all over the world for his amazing football skills. That is why Victoria nicknamed her husband “Golden Balls”, due to his ‘gold-studded’ career.

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Beckingham Palace

Beckingham Palace

In his early Manchester United career, Beckham lived in a four-bedroom house in Worsley that he bought directly from the property developer when he was just 20 years old in 1995.four years later, In 1999, shortly after his wedding he and Victoria bought a country house, which the media nicknamed "Beckingham Palace".

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Obsessive compulsive disorder

Obsessive compulsive disorder

Beckham suffers from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), which he says makes him "have everything in a straight line or everything has to be in pairs." Victoria Beckham claims, "If you open our fridge, it's all co-ordinated down either side. We've got three fridges – food in one, salad in another and drinks in the third. In the drinks one, everything is symmetrical. If there's three cans, he'll throw one away because it has to be an even number." Reminds us of Monica in friends series! Do you agree? LOL!