He's known for scoring big goals for England - and scoring big with Posh Spice. David Beckham's pinpoint accuracy on penalty kicks and his sweeping crosses have made him one of soccer's biggest stars. But the star midfielder is now dealing with scandal after accusations that he may have cheated on his wife, Victoria (a.k.a. Posh Spice). Here's a closer look at David Beckham - soccer's most famous face.
Growing Up With David Beckham
Soccer (or football as those guys in Europe call it) has always been the biggest thing in David Beckham's life. He used to play for hours when he was a kid. Beckham and his father would kick the ball around until it was too dark to see each other. Because he was always kicking the ball around, David Beckham never did all that well at school. Beckham failed out when he was 16 and went to play soccer for Manchester United's Jr. Team. David played his first pro game for Manchester two years later when he was 18. By 1996, David Beckham was a regular with the team and one of the most popular players in England - by helping the team win an FA Cup and a Premier Division title in the same year. In 2002, David Beckham helped England advance to the quarter-finals of the World Cup of Soccer in Korea and Japan, where the English lost to the eventual champions from Brazil. In 2003, David Beckham was transferred to Real
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Madrid for a mind-boggling $40 million. After a disappointing season with Real Madrid, David Beckham is hoping he can lead England to victory in Euro 2004.
David Beckham's Success
David Beckham's success in soccer means he's now making a ton of cash. David Beckham makes more than $15 million dollars a year playing for Real Madrid and zillions more from advertising endorsements. That's allowed him to pick up some nice toys as well. Beckham now owns seven cars, including a custom built Ferrari, a Porshe 911, a Range Rover, and a Jaguar. When David Beckham's not scoring goals for his team, he hangs out with his wife, Victoria Adams (Posh Spice of the Spice Girls) and their sons Brooklyn (born in March 1999,) and Romeo, (born in September, 2002. They also have two dogs named Snoop and Puffy (after Beckham's favorite rappers, Puff Daddy and Snoop Dog). David even makes sure to poop-n-scoop when the dogs do their business! So between scoring goals, making music and cleaning up after their son and dogs - this family keeps very busy.
David Beckham - Scandal and Affair
David Beckham is now making headlines for much more than his soccer skills or latest haircut these days. David Beckham's former assistant, Rebecca Loos, claims she had an affair with the soccer superstar, touching off one of Britain's biggest celebrity scandals in years. Beckham says the affair never happened but the allegations have brought David Beckham and his wife even more tabloid attention.