Legendary Athlete David Beckham Wears Leather with Flair
David Robert Joseph Beckham (born 2 May 1975) is a retired British soccer (football) player and model. He played for several top tops, including Manchester United (1993-2003) and Real Madrid (2003-2007) before signing up with the Los Angeles Galaxy (2007-2012). He is famous not only for his football exploits but also for his high-profile marriage to ex-Spice Girl Victoria (Adams) Beckham.
David was born in Leyonstone, London, England to Sandra Georgina and David "Ted" Beckham. His father was a kitchen fitter, and young David always wanted to be a footballer. He is self-described half-Jewish and attended church every week as a child. His family was very devoted to the Manchester United football team, attending many games, and signed a contract with them on his 14th birthday.
David Beckham practiced hard, enough even to impress his legendary coach Sir Alex Ferguson. He wore numbers 10 and 7 throughout much of his career, the 7 being particularly iconic in the world of United football. perhaps his most famous goal was on August 17, 1996 when, in a game against Wimbledon, he arced in a shot from the halfway line. He usually played as a midfielder, though he played other positions as well. He made the England squad for Euro 96.
Around the time of his getting married to Victoria Adams of the Spice Girls in 2007, David's focus on his football playing began to wander, according to his manager Sir Alex Ferguson. He led United to several league titles, and also played on loan for Spanish champions Real Madrid.
David eventually moved to Los Angeles to play for the American soccer team the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2007. Despite some catty statements by Real Madrid that he was unwanted there, the club did use his services in some subsequent events. Despite all the naysayers, Beckham continued to play at a very high level and scored many key goals during that period. His time with the Galaxy greatly helped that club's finances.
Hollywood was calling more and more, and David and wife Victoria bought a $18.2 million home on San Ysidro Drive in Beverly Hills. They are friends with Tom Cruise and Jay Leno, and they also own a home in Dubai. David models and acts, and is widely considered one of the top male models in the world. He also is among the most searched topics of the 2000s.
According to Time Magazine, in 2006, David Beckham sought a little extra protection for his physique. The £100 million (then around $195 million) deal covering his entire body — widely considered the largest personal insurance policy in sports history — and was so large it was rumored to have been split among several reinsurers. Whoever insured Beckham definitely took a risk, considering any part of the body may get injured during a soccer game or even while driving a vehicle or bicycle. A fractured tibula or fibula, a broken collarbone, or even his muscle turning into body fat may be covered under his policy.
While he is most famous for his football skills, David Beckham has transferred nicely to the world of fashion and film. He has a rugged look that will only be better with time. One can well see his career extending into the future far outside the confines of football.
While most American men and many American women may not have heard of him, or at the very least are not familiar with his legendary football career, many, many women and men around the world know all about David Beckham. He wears leather, as everything else, with rare style and grace.