single-handedly booked his country’s place in the 2002 World Cup finals with an incredible matchwinning performance against Greece at Old Trafford.
Ever the trend-setter, Beckham introduced the world to the word metatarsal when he broke his foot in a Champions League match against Deportivo la Coruna but recovered in time to score a redemptive penalty against Argentina in the World Cup.
The 2002/03 season proved to be his final at Old Trafford. His relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson was at a crossroads, and became even more strained following an FA Cup defeat at home to Arsenal. Back in the dressing room a stray boot, kicked in frustration by the manager, accidentally struck Beckham on the forehead. Beckham was later dropped for a crucial Champions League tie at home to Real Madrid and coming off the bench to score two goals wasn’t enough to see United through. After months of speculation, Beckham made the switch to Real Madrid but not before picking up his fifth Premiership medal and signing off in style with a final free kick goal in his last game against Everton.