On the eve of David Beckham’s century of England caps we thought we’d take a look back at one of the of the most inspirational careers in world football.
Beckham’s greatest asset has always been his ‘ bouncebackability ‘ and his greatest highs have often been driven by his darkest lows – write him off at your peril because he almost invented the recipe for humble pie.
Here’s a look at some of the makes and breaks that have made Beckham the legend he is…
High – Don’t do anything by halves
By sailing one of his Hollywood balls over a scrambling Neil Sullivan from the half way line Beckham scored a goal that even Pele couldn’t manage, although he said he was more proud of Eric Cantona’s nod of approval.
Low – Trouble and strife
It was around this time that Beckham met Victoria Beckham and, while he may disagree, many have blamed his part in the Posh and Becks celebrity double act for ruining his relationship with managers and becoming consumed by a global brand of fame.
High – Don’t call it a comeback
All seemed lost in the dying moments of the 1999 Champions League final but two pinpoint crosses from Beckham allowed Sheringham and then Solksjaer to score the winning goals and leave ze Germans crying into the turf.
Low – A kick in the face from Fergie