All the records fell in their respective places once Beckham started his career as a footballer. There are innumerable instances why Beckham is called a legend. By the dictionary, a legend is a person of extraordinary accomplishment. Beckham has all the qualities and achievements that are required to be a legend. The narrow line between a successful person and a legend is the vision and the heights of achievements he has to his credit.
Beckham is the most popular legend
These unbeatable records made Beckham a legend. He is the one who created a special fame for himself. Finally, he is a trained and self-made footballer.
Beckham was driven by passion right from the initial stages. In his childhood days, one of his teachers asked him what he wants to be in the future. He replied footballer. The teacher, surprised, asked again.Beckham again replied footballer. This example is enough to know at what age football got ingrained in his mind, and how clear he was to make this game his career. He also claims that the inspiration he got for football was all from his parents.
David Robert Joseph Beckham
David Robert Joseph Beckham, famously known to the world of football as Beckham was born on 2 May 1975, in Leyton Stone, London, England. His father is Ted and his mother Sandra is a hair stylist. He is the brother of one elder sister and one younger sister. He completed his schooling from Chingford County High School. The best part is that, he received encouragement from his parents from the beginning itself. He started practicing and playing right from his schooldays. By the time he was eleven, he already impressed a few clubs. With the basic skills, he attended Bobby Charlton’s Football School in Manchester and got a chance to take part in the training session at FC Barcelona. In 1990, he was named the Under-15 player of the year. Later, he started playing for the Ridgeway Rover Club and his style of play impressed Manchester United immensely. When he was sixteen, he was called by Manchester United.
In 1991, Beckham joined the club, and started growing as a footballer. With the club, he won many cups and leagues like UEFA Champions League in 1999. At a very young age, he became a celebrity and signed a private contract with Adidas. Beckham had the credit of saving the teams at critical times. In many matches he played, his goals turned out to be so important that they won those matches. The 1996-97 Wimbledon versus Manchester United match is the best example. In a sense, he was the savior in such situations.
Beckham as a LEGEND
In order to see him as a legend, there were a few accomplishments to be noted. He had the credit of being the first person to win league titles in four countries. He won in England, Spain, USA and France. He was also the first British footballer to play 100 UEFA Champions League matches. In the twenty years of his playing career, he won nineteen major trophies. He also reached the runner-up position for Fifa World Player of The Year twice. In the early days of his career itself, he was named as the Young Player of the Year in 1997 by Professional Footballers Association. He was honoured with the Order of British Empire in 2003. In 2004, he was named one among the Fifa top 100 list of the world’s greatest players.
Coming to his personal life, he married Victoria In 1999 and they are blessed with four children. He announced his retirement in May 2013.Beckham is a UNICEF UK Ambassador since 2005. He launched 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund to protect and save the children.
To conclude, he was not just a legend but a living legend.