Given he became the global face of the game, Beckham is now often thought of as a celebrity first and foremost.
But it should not be forgotten just how good a footballer the former England captain was.
Similarly, his appearance – let’s just face it, he’s bloody handsome – means many people overlook the fact he was just as much about graft and hard work as he was about natural ability.
In fact, it is this aspect of Becks that many of his peers highlight as his greatest strength.
If we’re being honest, compiling these quotes made us feel quite warm and fuzzy. Just watch the video of all the free-kicks Golden Balls scored. You won’t regret it.
A rare Newcastle positive.
Seven are currently playing in the PL.
Ronaldinho would have been proud.
Would he fit into such a strong side?
More footballers should follow his lead.
We really wish we went on this England trip.
Ryan Garry suffered some incredibly bad luck.
Football is more than just a game.
And we thought the West Ham list was bad…
Chelsea really enjoy the January window.