Timeline: David Beckham career highlights


Highlights in the career of David Beckham, who said Thursday he will retire from football at the end of the season:

1975 Born May 2 in Leytonstone, east London.

1991 Joins Manchester United as trainee.

1993 Signs professional contract at Old Trafford.

1996 Wins first FA Cup and Premier League title at Manchester United; Scores goal of season with shot from halfway line; Makes England debut against Moldova.

1997 Wins second Premier League medal at United; Voted PFA Young Player of the Year.

1998 Scores first England goal against Colombia at World Cup; Sent off against Argentina and briefly becomes hated figure in England.

1999 Wins third Premier League title at Man United, along with FA Cup and Champions League trophies; Runner-up in World Player of the Year awards.

2000 Wins fourth Premier League title medal at Man United; named England captain.

2001 Wins fifth Premier League title at Man United; Curls in last-minute free kick against Greece to send England to World Cup.

2003 Man United manager Alex Ferguson accidentally kicks boot into Beckham’s face after FA Cup loss to Arsenal; wins sixth Premier League medal; Awarded OBE for services to football; moves to Real Madrid and wins Spanish Super Cup.

2004 Misses penalty as England loses to Portugal in shootout in Euro 2004 quarterfinals.

2005 Captains England for 50th time in friendly against Argentina in Geneva.

2006 Quits as England captain after World Cup quarterfinal exit to Portugal; Dropped from England squad for friendly against Greece.

2007 Wins Spanish league with Real Madrid; Joins Major League Soccer club Los Angeles Galaxy on five-year contract; Gets England recall.

2008 Makes 100th England appearance.

2009 Joins AC Milan on loan; Wins 109th cap to break Bobby Moore’s record for an outfield player, makes 115th and final appearance against Belarus.

2010 Tears Achilles tendon and misses World Cup.

2011 Wins MLS Cup with Galaxy.

2012 Re-signs with Galaxy and wins second MLS Cup.

2013 Signs five-month contract with Paris Saint-Germain, donating salary to a children’s charity; PSG clinches French league title, Beckham becomes first Englishman to win league titles in four different countries.

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