David Beckham- The Sports and Fashion Icon
A boy growing up in England nurtured a dream to play for the biggest European football club, Manchester United. In his way to the top, he has changed the game of football. The man has achieved what normal people dream of, having a perfect life. A successful football career, a beautiful wife and a big family, who doesn’t dream of such a life. He has a global appeal that even Hollywood stars fail to achieve. As an ambassador of football he has put the game in everyone’s heart.
David Bekham was born and brought up in Leytonstone, London. He used to play football in Chingford. In his book Both Feet on the Ground, Beckham said that he used to go to church just for the sake of football. His parents had a deep influence on his love for football. He inherited love for Manchester United from his parents. Both his parents were hardcore followers of Manchester United, who would travel to Old Trafford for home games. He attended one of Bobby Charlton football academies in Manchester. His first club was Tottenham Hotspur.
David Beckham played for many big clubs around the world like Manchester United, Real Madrid, AC Milan, LA Galaxy and Paris Saint-Germain, but he is remembered for his playing days in Manchester United and Real Madrid. He also played for the England national football team, for which he holds the record of appearance in a football field. He has one of the distinctions of winning league titles in four countries: England, Spain, United States and France. He was named in FIFA’s list of greatest living footballers.
The game of football has becoming an industry, creating millions of dollars per year. Nowadays, clubs look out for players, who are marketable and he was that sort of player. Beckham has been one of the highest paid footballers. He is one of the most bankable athletes in sports. It is believed that Beckham was signed by Spanish giants Real Madrid for his huge marketing appeal around the globe. Forbes magazine published a report which suggested that Beckham had been the reason for the huge merchandise sales of the club during his four years stint at the club.
David Beckham is married to Victoria Adams, one of the members of the popular music groups Spice Girls. Their relationship attracted lots of media attention and scrutiny. He has four loving children. Beckham is a sports and fashion icon. His relationship with victoria, who is equally popular and famous, contributed towards his celebrity status. The couple is brand ambassador for various brands from clothing designers, health, fitness, fashion magazine, perfume and cosmetics manufacturers, hair stylists etc. He was quoted as the ultimate “metrosexual” by various bloggers, which has added to his persona.
Apart from that, David Beckham is known for his charitable work. He has been associated with UNICEF, from his days in Manchester united . He was a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF’s Sports development program. He launched The David Beckham UNICEF Fund to help children in danger. He is also working with other organizations like Elton John AIDS Foundation. For his works he was awarded Officer of the Order of the British Empire BY queen Elizabeth II in 2003. Other awards include Britain’s Greatest Ambassador by 100 Greatest Britons Awards, Gold Blue Peter Badge, and Do Something Athlete Award.
A class of men, David Beckham has achieved what people usually aspire to. A loving husband and a doting father, spokesperson for his game, He is a perfect gentleman. He will inspire coming generation of footballers with his work ethics and professionalism.