When footballers retire they often disappear, but this is not the case with David Beckham. The former Manchester United, Real Madrid and England star finally stopped playing at the end of last season at the age of 39, but he is still in the news. This is mainly because of his marriage to former Spice Girl, Victoria Adams, now Victoria Beckham. Paparazzi follow them everywhere.
David Beckham was born in 1975 in the London suburb of Leyton Stone, which was also the birth place of Psycho director Alfred Hitchcock. The local team is called Leyton Onent. But the Beckhams supported Manchester United. As a child David dreamed of playing for Manchester United, and his dream came true when he was 17. He made his England debut in 1996. But the 1998 World Cup ended badly when he was sent off against Argentina. This was after reacting to a provocation by Diego Simeone. Simeone is another former player who is still famous. He is the coach of Spanish champions Atletico Madrid.
BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM
David’s status as a star was confirmed in 2002 when his name appeared in the title of the Keira Knightley film Berd it Like Beckham. Beckham briefly appears in the film, but it isn’t the real David Beckham: it’s his double, Andy Harrner. The real David Beckham was part of a very successful Manchester United team but his relations with coach Alex Ferguson began to deteriorate. Ferguson thought Beckham was more interested in celebrity and he hated his ‘Spice Girl’ wife. On one occasion Ferguson threw a boot in the changing room. The boot hit Beckham above the eye. Beckham left Manchester United. He later joined the Real Madrid, and has since played for LA Galaxy in the United States, AC Milan in Italy and Paris St Germain in France.
| TO RETIRE: jubilarseFORMER: ex
BIRTHPLACE: lugar de nacimiento
TO DREAM: soñar
BADLY: mal, estrepnosarnente
TO BE SENT OFF: ser expulsado
WAS CONFIRMED: fue consolidado
TO HATE: odiar
TO THROW: tirar, lanzar
|CHANGING ROOM: vestuarioADVERTISING: publicidad
TO NICK’NAME: apodar
IN PAIRS: por parejas
ACCOROING TO RUMOURS: según se rumorea