24 interesting facts about David Beckham
David Beckham is one of the most famous and successful football superstars in the world.
On the pitch, he achieved many successes, won many trophies and scored some outstanding goals for club and country.
He is still a global icon and ambassador of the sport to this day.
Even if you haven't watched him play yet, you probably know something about him.
Whether it's his charity work, his marriage to former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham, or even his associations of multiple brands, most people know his name.
So let's break down and go through 24 interesting facts about David Beckham and his rise to the role model they are today!
David Robert Joseph Beckham is 45 years old this year.
David's currently divorced parents are Sandra Georgina and David Edward Alan “Ted” Beckham.
From a very young age, David's ambition was to become a football player, and whenever his teachers grew up at Chase Lane Elementary and Chingford High School, what he wanted to do as head
Beckham has stated in the past that he is half Jewish.
David and former Spice Girl member Victoria started dating in 1997 after she attended a Manchester United match.
Singer Elton John is the godfather of Brooklyn and Romeo, and actor Elizabeth Hurley is their godmother.
Beckham's professional career began in 1992 when he made his first professional league debut for Manchester United at the age of 17, after a childhood supporting them.
He remained at Manchester United until 2003, winning the Premier League six times, the FA Cup twice and the Champions League once.
After that, David went on to play for some of the world's most famous football teams, including Real Madrid, AC Milan and LA Galaxy.
David is the first English player to play in 100 UEFA Champions League matches.
He was the runner-up for the prestigious Ballon D’Or in 1999.
In his later career, Beckham was honored in the "Hall of Fame of English Football".
In 2002 the movie Bend It Like Beckham was released.
Similar to several famous athletes, David was - and still is - affiliated with many brands including Adidas.
He retired in May 2013 after just over 20 years at the highest level.
When the Olympics came to London in 2012, despite not being selected for the football team, David remained a big part of it.
David has been an ambassador for UNICEF UK, humanitarian aid and development for children, charity since 2005 and in 2015 he launched 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Foundation.
In 2015, Beckham was one of the highest ranked sportsmen in the world on social media and by 2020, his Instagram account had more than 63 million followers.
David's lifelong ambition was to own his own team and in 2018, this dream came true when Beckham became president of the Inter Miami CF Professional Football Club, who started playing.
David has been with several celebrities reading a chapter of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone for the public to listen to or watch during Covid-19's 2020 lockdown.
David has more than 50 tattoos, many of which commemorate his family.
Never shying away from comedy, in 2010, David Beckham teamed up with James Corden to make a sketch for the UK charity Sport Relief and in 2018, he was involved in a
David was also the subject of a joke by James Corden in 2019 when his statue outside the stadium of former club LA Galaxy was announced, James staged a "hideous" fake statue before
In 2020, David begins to take care of a bee farm he built.
So with his sport, philanthropy, love and devotion to his family, and good times, this is a very cool guy and a great role model for any star.