(David Robert Joseph Beckham), 1975-, English soccer player known especially for the power and accuracy of his free kicks. After beginning to play on the Manchester United youth squad in 1991, he joined its regular team in 1993, debuted in his first professional game in 1995, and became the team's regular right midfielder in 1996. Also that year he was first named to England's national team, ultimately becoming (2001-06) team captain. He was vital to United team's six league championships and other accomplishments while on the team. Tall, handsome, and married (1999) to pop star Victoria Adams ("Posh Spice" of the Spice Girls singing group), Beckham became one of Britain's most recognizable celebrities. In 2003 he joined Spain's Real Madrid team, where he was an effective and popular player. He signed with the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2007 but, on loan from the Galaxy, played with AC Milan in the first half of 2009.
See his Beckham: My World (2000), Beckham: Both Feet on the Ground (2003), and David Beckham: My Side (2003).
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