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Soccer great David Beckham has played for Manchester United, England, Real Madrid and the L.A. Galaxy. He is married to Victoria Beckham, also known as Posh from the Spice Girls.
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A phenom from the moment he first kicked a soccer ball, David Beckham began playing for Manchester United at age 18. In addition to his status as a soccer star, he and his wife Victoria Beckham are a worldwide power couple.
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The relocation was as much about giving Victoria Beckham's career a boost (she helped drive the decision to move to the States) as it was to give America's Major League Soccer a shot in the arm. Within 48 hours of the signing, the Galaxy sold more than 5,000 season tickets.
Beckham's career since moving to the United States, however, has been a rocky one. He's been beset by injuries, spraining a knee ligament his first season in L.A.,
and later missed out on a chance to play in the 2010 World Cup because of an Achilles tendon injury.
In July 2011, he and wife Victoria Beckman, who already had three boys together, welcomed a daughter, Harper Steven, into their family.
In 2012, Beckham furthered his success by venturing into a new commercial endeavor, starting an underwear line for the company H&M. As part of Beckham's marketing campaign with H&M, six 10-foot statues of the soccer star in his underwear were installed in New York City; others were installed in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
On May 16, 2013—just days after winning a title with French club Paris Saint-Germain—the 38-year-old Beckham announced that he would be retiring at the end of the 2013 season, ending his 21-year soccer career.
"I wouldn't have achieved what I have done today without my family. I'm grateful for my parents' sacrifice, which made me realize my dreams," Beckham said in a statement. "I owe everything to Victoria and the kids, who have given me the inspiration and support to play at the highest level for such a long period ...If you had told me as a young boy I would have played for and won trophies with my boyhood club Manchester United, proudly captained and played for my country over 100 times and lined up for some of the biggest clubs in the world, I would have told you it was a fantasy. I'm fortunate to have realized those dreams."
By 2013, Beckham had become credited as England's wealthiest sportsman, reportedly earning more than $46 million annually.
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