Some Interesting Facts about David Beckham

Whenever England’s most celebrated football players are being discussed, you will always hear his name mentioned: David Beckham has been playing the sport almost all his life, but became a household name when playing as a midfielder for Manchester United.

His fame continued to grow even after he left the Red Devils for Real Madrid, and later LA Galaxy for Paris Saint-Germain. Here are a few facts you might not have known about this gifted footballer.

Gifted from Birth

David Beckham’s football skills were noticed at a very early age. At only 11 years old, he won the Bobby Charlton Soccer School’s national skills competition. The prize included a trip to Barcelona, which led to him making a lasting impression on a talent scout from Manchester United.

Beckham was not always confident about his accent. Born in London’s East End, he was known for his high-pitched voice. For this reason, he took voice-coaching lessons to improve his accent and speak more eloquently.

Married Life

Beckham met Victoria Adams at the Red Devils’ Lounge in 1997 after a charity football match. Victoria was then a member of the Spice Girls, a popular girl band (she was known as ‘Posh Spice’). At the time of their first meeting, David Beckham was still an amateur footballer.

Bendin’ It

Beckham’s most talked about skill is his ability to curve or ‘bend’ free-kicks when aiming for a goal. This skill was the main focus of a movie, ‘Bend it Like Beckham,’ starring Keira Knightley and Parminder Nagra. The film was about two young women trying to make names for themselves in a male-dominated sport.

Beckham had a rough time of it in the 1998 World Cup, when he received a red card for attacking Diego Simeone. However, he eventually overcame this incident to become one of the most celebrated football midfielders in history.