In this edition of 'The Good Life', Goal.com brings to you ten facts about one of the most popular footballers in the world...
|“From Birth Until Today”
David Robert Joseph Beckham was born on May 2, 1975, in Leytonstone, East London, England to Ted Beckham, a kitchen fitter, and Sandra West, a hairdresser. His parents were ardent supporters of Manchester United, and they encouraged him to attend Bobby Charlton's football school in Manchester, and that's how he won a spot for a training session at FC Barcelona as a child. He later was a Manchester United mascot, until he finally got to wear the Red shirt, as one of the Class of 1992, the term used to describe the set of players who came through the academy in 1992. David is now playing for Los Angeles Galaxy.
|“WAG and Lovelife”
In November 1996, Beckham was in Tbilisi, Georgia, on his first trip with the England squad. There, he saw the video that would transform his relationship status. It was "Say You'll Be There" by the Spice Girls. Beckham barbed at the screen and said to his best friend Gary Neville that the girl fully clad in a black PVC Catsuit, Victoria, was the woman he wanted and if she wanted him, they would be together forever. A few months later, they began dating. David proposed to Victoria in 1999 at Cheshunt, England, with a three carat $65,000 diamond ring. On 4 July 1999, David and Victoria got married at the Luttrellstown Castle in Ireland. The wedding received incredible media coverage. Beckham's teammate, and best friend, Gary Neville was the best man, and the couple's infant son, Brooklyn, was the ring bearer. The media were kept away from the ceremony, as the Beckham's had an exclusive deal with the OK! magazine.
|“The Family and the Godfathers”
David and Victoria have 4 kids, Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz and Harper Seven. Among the godparents of their sons Brooklyn Beckham and Romeo Beckham are Elizabeth Hurley, Elton John and his partner David Furnish. In addition, football agent Dave Gardner is one of Brooklyn's godfathers. Each of the boys has five godparents. Brooklyn has four godfathers and one godmother and Romeo has three godfathers and two godmothers. David, himself, is the Godfather to Davinia Taylor's and Dave Gordon's son Grey.
David loves cars; he is always up for long drives and is always ready to keep the lightest dust away from his collection. David’s first car was a Ford Escort, now he owns a gargantuan fleet of cars ranging from Bentleys to Ferraris to Astons.
Beckham has over 20 tattoos decorating his body, including an image of Jesus Christ, names of his kids Romeo, Cruz, Brooklyn and Harper, name of his wife Victoria, which is written in Hindi. Beckham thought it would be "tacky" to have it in English. On his right shoulder, there's an angel with the text 'In the face of adversity', He also has a Bible verse written in Hebrew, reads אני לדודי ודודי לי הרעה בשושנים, translated into: "I am my beloved's, and my beloved is mine, that shepherds among the lilies." Not only these,but ink has always been a regular part of the Englishman’s life. In his autobiography "David Beckham: My Side", Beckham revealed "The idea came to me much later, a little while after Brooklyn was born. I was talking to Mel B and her then-husband, Jimmy Gulzar, and the subject of tattoos came up. I ended up going to this Dutch guy who'd done all of Jimmy's. I'd finally realised what I wanted a tattoo to represent. Mine are all about the people in my life, my wife and sons, who I want with me always. When you see me, you see the tattoos. You see an expression of how I feel about Victoria and the boys. They're part of me." Beckham always plays in long sleeve shirts to cover up his tattoos in consideration of others who may feel uncomfortable due to their beliefs.
|“The Obsessed David”
Not only is David adamant on lining up his shirts according to their colour, his wife Victoria once said that he is obsessive about symmetry and order throughout their home. "He's got that obsessive compulsive thing where everything has to match," says Posh. "If you open our fridge, it's all co-ordinated down either side. We've got three fridges - food in one, salad in another and drinks in the third. In the drinks one, everything is symmetrical. If there are three cans of Diet Coke, he'd throw one away rather than having three - because it has to be an even number."
|“Make It A Better Place”
Beckham has always been a part of charities and works for the welfare of people around him. As UNICEF’s Goodwill Ambassador, he is a part of the Anti-Aids Campaign. He also is the spokesman for Malaria No More, a New York City-based non-profit organisation launched in 2006. Malaria No More's mission is to end deaths caused by malaria in Africa.
In 2005, Beckham laid the foundation of the David Beckham Academy football school, established in London and in Los Angeles, California. It was announced in late 2009 that both would close. A mobile academy is being developed by Beckham, to travel around the UK and further afield.
Since joining Major League Soccer, Beckham has been a very public activist in the U.S. for linked charities such as "MLS W.O.R.K.S."
|“Books, Movies and Games: Bend it like Beckham”
Beckham has several video games by his name tag, including Go! Go! Beckham! Adventure on Soccer Island, a platform game for the Game Boy Advance, and David Beckham Soccer, a football game for the Xbox. In August 2010, Beckham signed an endorsement deal with EA SPORTS to become brand ambassador for EA SPORTS Active 2. Beckham was also seen in the famous movie Goal trilogy, a movie based on the life of an aspiring footballer.
David also has 3 autobiographies describing his life, which were written after enormous demands from his fans and well-wishers. His first autobiography was 'My World', which was released in 2001. In 2002, Beckham announced his second book 'My Side', and in 2003 came Beckham’s 'Both Feet On The Ground'.
|“The insured man”
Apart from his property and health insurances, David’s legs are insured for a massive $70 million.
The man, who has the ability to put fear into the hearts of his opponents, suffers from Ornithophobia, fear of birds.