Today marks 19 years since David Beckham was sent off for England against Argentina at the 1998 World Cup in France.
Becks lashed out at the back of Diego Simeone’s leg after a foul, and the rush of blood to the head resulted in a red card, England’s exit from the tournament and a huge backlash back home.
It seemed like Beckham was public enemy number one on his return to England, but it’s all character building stuff as ‘Golden Balls’ showed the world in the years that followed.
He went onto play for Real Madrid, LA Galaxy, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain following his departure from Manchester United in 2003 – making 719 career appearances and scoring 129 goals. He retired a legend, one of the most successful England players of all time – and one of the most popular.
Here we take a look at some of the moments from Beckham’s career that he will forever be remembered for…
The gift that just keeps on giving.
Only one of these is still at the club.
A night never to be forgotten.
Should Leeds United fans be concerned?
Exceptional stuff from the BRIT nominee.
Steve McManaman rues not winning more at Anfield.
Basically naming obscure betting companies.
Dumbarton almost signed Johan Cruyff.
“I hope he’s not better than me” – Roberto Carlos.