David Robert Joseph Beckham, OBE (born 2
May 1975) is an English former footballer. He has played for
Manchester United, Preston North End, Real Madrid, Milan, Los
Angeles Galaxy, Paris Saint-Germain, and the England national
team for which he holds the appearance record for an outfield
player. He was the first English player to win league titles in
four countries. He announced his intention to retire at the end
of the 2012–13 Ligue 1 season on 16 May 2013 and, on 18 May
2013, played his final game of his storied 20-year career.
Beckham's fame extends beyond the pitch; in much of the world
his name is "as instantly recognisable as that of multinational
companies like Coca-Cola and IBM." Beckham's relationship and
marriage to Victoria, who has been famous in her own right as
part of the musical group Spice Girls, contributed to David's
celebrity beyond football.
Beckham became known as a fashion icon,
and together with Victoria, the couple became lucrative
spokespeople sought after by clothing designers, health and
fitness specialists, fashion magazines, perfume and cosmetics
manufacturers, hair stylists, exercise promoters, and spa and
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