We kick off with Jarrod Bowen’s favourite player who is the only English footballer to win league titles in four countries: England, Spain, the United States and France – David Beckham!
Jarrod on Beckham…
“He was a good role model for so many young kids involved in football, not only with what he achieved on the pitch but also how he handled himself off-the-pitch as well.
“With myself being a winger, I wanted to be just like him when I was younger. Obviously, I remember him from his time at Manchester United, but I was quite young back then and my best memories of him are from his spells with Real Madrid, PSG and LA Galaxy.
“And then there’s his achievements for the England national side, with the most memorable being his free-kick and overall performance against Greece that secured England’s place in the 2002 World Cup Finals.”
David Beckham: Global Superstar
One of the best-known footballers on the planet, famed for his free-kicks and accurate crosses from the right wing, David Beckham became a global superstar at Manchester United before high-profile moves to Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and LA Galaxy.
A decade spent marauding up United’s right wing contributed to the most successful period in the club’s history, and his 57-yard strike against Wimbledon is surely one of the most replayed goals of all time.
He followed in the footsteps of his boyhood idol Bryan Robson by eventually captaining both United and England. During his time at Old Trafford, Beckham helped Sir Alex Ferguson’s side win six Premier League titles, two FA Cups and one Champions League, whilst also claiming numerous individual accolades.
In the summer of 2003, he became the latest galáctico at Spanish giants Real Madrid. Beckham won over the Bernabéu fans very quickly and within a few weeks, he had already won his first title with the club, the Spanish Super Cup. The precision of his passing and his elegance when striking the ball earned him the devotion of the fans who were also grateful for the way he identified with the club.
His biggest achievement as a Madrid player came in his last season at the club, winning the La Liga title in 2006/07. He departed for pastures new when joining MLS side LA Galaxy in July 2007 having scored 20 goals in 158 matches for Real.
Beckham’s profile as a global sporting superstar helped raise the profile of the MLS across the world. He won two MLS Cups during his time at Galaxy, also enjoying two loan spells with AC Milan before joining Paris Saint-Germain in January 2013, who he helped to win a first French league title for 19 years before retiring at the end of the 2012/13 campaign.
On the international front, Beckham was handed his Three Lions debut by Glenn Hoddle in a World Cup qualifier in Moldova in September 1996. He went on to experience highs and lows in World Cup Finals, being red-carded against Argentina in ’98 but converting the penalty that beat the same opposition four years later. And in 2006 he became the first Englishman to score in three different tournaments.
Beckham reached 100 caps in the Stade de France in March 2008, Fabio Capello’s second game in charge, going on to become England’s most-capped outfield player with 115 international appearances – a tally which has since been passed by Wayne Rooney.
Manchester United (1993-2003)
Preston North End (Loan) (1994-95)
Real Madrid (2003-07)
Los Angeles Galaxy (2007-12)
AC Milan (Loan) (2009)
AC Milan (Loan) (2010)
Paris Saint-Germain (2013)
Games 115 Goals 17
Champions League (1998/99)
Premier League (1995/96, 1996/97, 1998/99, 1999/2000, 2000/01, 2002/03) La Liga (2006/07)
Ligue 1 (2012/13)
MLS Cup: (2011, 2012)
Intercontinental Cup (1999)
FA Cup (1995/96, 1998/99)
Community Shields (1993, 1994, 1996, 1997)
Spanish Super Cup (2003)
FA Youth Cup (1991/92)