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Today David Beckham is known worldwide, mostly for his looks but believe it or not David Beckham actually played soccer, aka football, and was at one time a world class player!
Becks recently announced his retirement from the soccer world, and at 38, it was certainly time. He began professional football at the age of 17 when he made his debut for Manchester United in 1992 in a League Cup match. He played on 6 Premier League champion teams and helped lead the Red Devils to a Champions League title in 1999. That same year he won the UEFA Club Footballer of the Year. He has also won domestic titles at Real Madrid in La Liga, MLS titles for LA Galaxy, and even finished his career raising a cup for France’s PSG in Ligue 1. David Beckman is a decorated mid-fielder who played at the top level of soccer domestically and on the international level for over two decades. These accomplishments are remarkable yet this alone would not make him the most important player during his time, much less ever.
Yet, David Beckham more importantly became a brand off the field. He has become a fashion icon, a Pepsi pusher, and a fragrance in himself!
His marriage to Victoria Adams, aka Posh Spice, was another boom to his career and marketability. The couple has been found on magazine covers since their union in 1999 and has helped the soccer player amass a fortune of nearly $300 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. Why does his off the field activity make him so important? His on field play would have been enough to make him known in soccer circles and soccer homes. Yet, his looks and ability to capitalize on it have made him a household name across the world. People who have never watched a match, or quite possibly a sporting event know who David Beckham is. His impact financially for clubs has been apparent as clubs have paid just for him to wear their uniform in his later years, as evident with his stints at Milan and Paris Saint-Germain. Though serviceable as a mid-fielder, it was well known that his appearances would draw fans and sell merchandise. Sometimes you hear that a person’s contributions are immeasurable, but Beckham’s actually are measurable.
Soccer in the United States has been a holy grail, in the fact that it’s popularity has always seemed to escape the mainstream but the sport has continued to seek it out. There have been soccer legends like Pele who have captured the public’s attention but that soon waned after the initial novelty wore off. Beckham’s introduction to the MLS in 2006 with LA Galaxy is quite possibly the most important act for the sport in America. There had been serviceable players in the league that enjoyed notoriety but never a culture icon. His arrival marked a change on the landscape of the American sports world. Richard Luker, a social scientist, marks that professional soccer is the 2nd most popular sport in America behind only Professional Football in 12-24 yr olds.
Beckham’s impact can also be seen in the MLS with the number of teams, salaries, and attendance all increasing dramatically since his arrival. More shocking is the creation of stadiums in the league from 2 to 13 since 2006. Much like the Yankees existed before Ruth and Yankee Stadium was the “House that Ruth Built”, can the MLS and it’s growth be known as the “League that Beckham Built”?
The overall and lasting impact of David Beckham’s career in America will not be known for years to come but the growth of the MLS and ESPN’s continued involvement in soccer programming point to soccer finally having a foothold in America. He has possibly done what others before could not do…make soccer a prominent sport in the world’s most coveted market.
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The 38-year-old global sports icon's storied career nears its conclusion as David Beckham officially announced he will retire at season's end.
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David Beckham says he will retire from professional football at the end of the season.
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Beckham says ''I'm thankful to PSG for giving me the opportunity to continue but I feel now is the right...
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An adidas spokesperson said: “On behalf of adidas we would like to congratulate David Beckham on what has been a glittering career in football. He has won titles for every team he has played for, playing a key role on every occasion...
He was the first soccer player to transcend his sport since Pele. He was first to make himself into a worldwide brand, a move so radical for this sport that his manager at Manchester United was deeply suspicious of it. He was a winner on and off the field.
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David Beckham has reportedly retired from professional football according to an exclusive from the Daily Mail.
Despite the offer of an extended one-year deal at Paris Saint-German, sources in Paris have told Sportsmail that the 38-year-old has played his last game, bowing out on a high after helping Carlo Ancelotti’s side win the French title for the first time in 19 years.
(Eds: With AP Photos.) Statement from David Beckham announcing his decision Thursday to retire from soccer:
''I'm thankful to PSG (Paris Saint-Germain) for giving me the opportunity to continue but I feel now is the right time to finish my career, playing at the highest level.
''If you had told me as a young boy I would have played for and won trophies...
Honestly, I thought Beckham had retired years ago, but this season will be his last.
David Beckham said he will retire from professional football at the end of the season.
“I’m thankful to PSG for giving me the opportunity to continue but I feel now is the right time to finish my career, playing at the highest level,” Beckham said in a statement.
After getting the Captain's armband for his last home game for Paris St. Germain as they took on already-relegated Brest in Ligue 1, David Beckham was touring the pitch for the last time in any kind of competitive uniform.
There is thought that he won't participate in the season finale next time out with the league title all wrapped up, so his numbers finish up with:
Get your “I thought he already announced his retirement, when he decided to play MLS” jokes ready. David Beckham has retired.The 38-year-old Beckham, who recently won a league title in a fourth country with Paris Saint-Germain, said Thursday he will retire at the end of the season.“I’m thankful to PSG for giving me the opportunity to continue but I feel now is the right...
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has paid tribute to David Beckham and admitted that he had been interested in signing the midfielder.
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