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David Beckham 1992-2003 356 Games 85 Goals

November 18, 2009

Written by: Adam Carpenter

There is probably no player that has ever and ever will be more famous to wear a United than David Beckham. He enjoyed eleven memorable years at the theatre of dreams and they will never be forgotten in many red devils hearts. One brilliant thing about him too was that he was a product of the Manchester United youth academy, one of many too shine through as a class professional in the game of football. He was scoring and playing very well in the United youth team and helped them go onto win the F.A Youth Cup in 1992. His first appearance for the first team came later in the year against Brighton & Hove Albion. He shortly later decided to sign up professional for his dream club. When he signed a professional contract his first appearance came on 7 December 1994 in the champions League against Galatasary at Old Trafford, where he also got himself a goal.

It wasn’t until 1996 could he nail down a regular first team place. This was the time when he scored arguably his best ever United and best career goal to this day, where he scored a remarkable goal from the half way line against Wimbledon. He proved he was no one trick pony after this moment, showing his true class with an amazing uncanny knack of delivering a wonderful long range pass right across the pitch, with maximum precision and power. He was Sir Alex Ferguson’s dream player, an outrageous talent without the star mentality but still a star player. He was right in the thick of the action in United’s treble winning season in 1999, one f the most important players at our club that season and when it most counted, he delivered. Most Devils will know what I am on about. He took both of the corner kicks which became goals in the Nou Camp for the Champions league final in May 1999. The class was in both corner kicks and without the swing of his famous right peg, would we have completed the most dramatic piece of our clubs history? He continued to stay as one of the best footballers in the world over the next few years and he helped United to a 4-3 win over Real Madrid in the Champions League in 2003 after making a substitute appearance scoring two goals. However this was not enough to see United through as they lost the first leg in Spain 3-1. He has seen everything in his time in football, that including the wrath of Sir Alex Ferguson after United were dumped out of the F.A. Cup by Arsenal, where he had a boot kicked at his eye by his gaffer which was a cut and required stitches and this led to rife speculation that he was about to leave United. He did leave United in the summer of 2003 to join Real Madrid and was sold for £25 million.

Yes correct he was turning out to become a fashion icon and model in the world of glamour, and he also married a crazy paparazzi addicted pop star, but this has never effected or detracted the level of his football performances one bit. He had a massive circus following him wherever he went and he could not really help it. David is a very good example to any young footballer, he often does charity for little children in Africa whenever he has time, runs numerous soccer schools across the world to help young kids progress themselves as he was in the same position one time, and has been rewarded from his services to football and charity work to receive an OBE from the queen.

Beckham has also enjoyed a wonderful career with England and has also been one of the key stars of the squad over the past 10 years or so. Most memorably the last minute free kick he scored against Greece ironically at Old Trafford in front of the Stretford End to help England qualify for the 2002 world cup. His first goal for England was in a 1998 world cup match against Colombia where he scored his trademark long range curling free kick. In the 2002 world cup he scored one of his most important and most passionate goals, from the spot kick against arch rivals Argentina which was the winning goal and sent Argentina out of the world cup. To this day Beckham has played 115 games for his country, scoring 17 goals.

Nowadays David plays in the MLS league in America for LA Galaxy and is loaned to Italian giants AC Milan from time to time. This is a move seen to prolong his England career as the 2010 world cup is just around the corner and less than a year away. The move to America from Madrid was seen by many as a money spinning move, where he generates an awful lot of money at Galaxy, (as if he needs it). This is seen as a money spinning move as the standard of football in America is much worse to the European leagues.

The day David Beckham hangs his boots up on the game will be an emotional one. He has been through everything in his life and passed pretty much all of it with flying colours. He will be most renowned for his deadliness on set pieces and the art of crossing and passing. David has lacked pace in his game and that is unusual in many wingers, but his other marvellous attributes more than make up for that. A proud captain of Manchester United, his boyhood club and he has admitted many times, they are his number 1 team no matter who he plays for, to captain of his country saving his nation from the embarrassment of not qualifying for a world cup, to a galactico at Real Madrid. David Beckham will be remembered for ever by near enough every football fan.

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