David Beckham will go down as one of the most successful and most popular England players of all time – but his career certainly wasn’t one of ups alone.
On June 30, 1998, Beckham was sent off againt Argentina at the World Cup in France, resulting in England’s exit from the tournament and a huge backlash back home.
He 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 with his popularity well and truly secured again.
Here are some of the moments from Beckham’s career that he will forever be remembered for…
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