Midfield footballer David Beckham (born 1975) is arguably the most recognizable soccer player in the world. Born in London the son of a hair-dresser and kitchen-fitter, both parents were hardcore football fans and David caught their bug from the beginning. As a youth, his father coached his team and David was recognized early on for his skills and athletic brilliance. In 1992 at the tender age of 17, Beckham signed with England’s Manchester United, there winning countless championships, and was captain of England’s national team from 2000 – 2006. In 2003, he left Manchester to play for Spain’s Real Madrid team. He is currently the world’s highest-paid soccer player, in addition to participation in numerous advertising campaigns (shilling for beaucoup companies such as Coca Cola and IBM). In 1997 he met Victoria Adams (aka Posh Spice of the Spice Girls) and they married two years later. They have three sons together and the pair are considered international fashion icons.
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