David Beckham’s career highs and lows, from Manchester to Los Angeles

David Beckham‘s career highs and lows – from his Manchester United debut and a long England career to life at LA Galaxy, and his shock Olympic snub.

HIGH Manchester United take Beckham on as a trainee in 1991. Makes his debut in 1992 and is part of the side who win the FA Youth Cup, before signing a professional contract in 1993.

HIGH In 1996 helps United win the Premier League and FA Cup double.

HIGH Scores stunning goal on opening day of the 1996-97 season at Wimbledon, lobbing goalkeeper Neil Sullivan from the halfway line.

HIGH Makes his debut for England in 3-0 World Cup qualifying win in Moldova in September 1996.

HIGH Collects another championship winner’s medal in May 1997.

HIGH Wins PFA Young Player of the Year award for 1997.

LOW Has bullets with his name carved on them sent to him through the post. Also complains to police that he has been targeted by a mysterious stalker.

HIGH Picked for Glenn Hoddle’s 1998 World Cup squad.

LOW Left out of the starting lineup for England’s opening two World Cup matches against Tunisia and Romania, as Hoddle says he is “unfocused”.

HIGH Recalled for third match against Colombia and scores his first England goal from a free-kick.

LOW Sent off in second-round match against Argentina for a retaliatory kick against Diego Simeone. England go out on penalties.

HIGH Helps United complete the treble of FA Cup, Premier League title and Champions League.

HIGH Collects his fourth championship winner’s medal in May 2000. Read more

Pre-stardom Beckham was a hard worker

The David Beckham you see today, the superstar lifestyle and all the trappings of the rich and famous, is in sharp contrast to the young David Beckham of humble origins.

“He was a young kid, very respectful and he worked very, very hard,” said Paul Mariner, assistant coach with the New England Revolution and a former England international himself. “You could see he cared about what he was doing and he has carried that through in his career. He had unbelievable role models with Manchester United and the national team and that helped him.”

Revolution head coach Steve Nicol recalls Beckham as “not a player who was going to run past you or dribble past you, he was going to pass the ball past you.”

Nicol was near the end of his playing career with Sheffield Wednesday when he defended against Beckham for the final time. Read more

David Beckham’s highs and lows and Real Madrid Read

HIGH – July 1 2003 completes signing with Real Madrid from Manchester United for £25m.

HIGH – Instantly becomes a hit with the Real fans and scores five times in first 16 matches.

LOW – April 2004: his affair with personal assistant Rebecca Loos is revealed. Tabloid frenzy.

LOW – Euro 2004: Beckham is among those who miss penalties as England lose shoot-out to Portugal and go out in the quarter finals.

LOW – July 2004: An intruder scales the walls of his home carrying a petrol can while Victoria and their children were in. Security guards apprehend the man before he gets to the house.

LOW – October 9 2004: Controversially admits intentionally fouling Ben Thatcher in a England/ Wales friendly. The yellow card he received gave him a suspension coincided with a game he was going to miss through injury anyway.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter says he is astonished by Beckham’s admission and “disappointed with his behaviour”.

LOW – 2005/6 Real Madrid season: Team finishes disappointing second to Barcelona with a 12 point gap.

HIGH– World Cup 2006: Beckham’s free kick leads to own goal in opening match against Paraguay. The goal is the only one of the game.

He also scores the only goal in the second round game against Ecuador.

LOW– World Cup 2006: England crash out of the World Cup on penalties to Portugal in the quarter finals. Beckham substituted off before the end of the game.

Beckham resigns as England captain after criticism of his performance during the tournament.

LOW – Dropped from England team by new coach Steve McClaren.

LOW – 2006/7 Real Madrid season: Out of favour with coach Fabio Capello. Starts only a few games.

LOW – January 10 2007: Real Madrid announce Beckham will be leaving in the summer.

SOURCE: Metro.co.uk