17/05/2013 10:29, Report by J Tuck, S Muncaster

Video: Beckham action

David Beckham played junior football for Tottenham Hotspur but signed for Manchester United, the club he had always supported, on his 13th birthday. The rest, as they say, is history.

He featured in the famous 'Class of '92' - the FA Youth Cup-winning side that also featured Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes - and then a first-team debut followed in the subsequent season, albeit then just a taste (in the League Cup) of what was to come. 

After establishing himself, like Butt and Scholes, in the 1995/96 season following the departures of senior stars Mark Hughes, Paul Ince and Andrei Kanchelskis, Beckham would soon go on to achieve great success and global fame with the Reds.

Arguably the finest dead-ball exponent in United’s history, the tireless midfielder won six league titles, a Champions League and two FA Cups with the Reds before his much-publicised move to Real Madrid in 2003. He's more recently played for LA Galaxy, AC Milan and finally Paris St Germain, where he called time on his career - but not before helping the French club to win the league, making him the only Englishman to be a champion in four countries. He's also England's most-capped outfield player, of course, having played for his country on 115 occasions.

Our video shows him at his best, playing in the shirt of his boyhood heroes. 

More: Full Beckham profile | Beckham wallpaper 


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