Throughout his footballing career, Beckham has often been assigned the label of both hero and villain. His sometime angry temperament has caused him to be red-carded on several occasions, most notably during the 1998 World Cup. However, because of his skill to place the ball exactly where he wants it and to create scoring chances through his undeniable ability from free kicks, he has since re-established an ongoing devotion from football fans in the UK and elsewhere.
His career highlights have certainly outshone any lowpoints. He has not only captained his international side, but also helped Manchester United win several league titles and a couple of FA Cups during the 1990s.
He then moved to Spain winning a league title with Real Madrid, before moving to the States and securing a successful career with LA Galaxy. There, Beckham was a part of the team's second successive Western Conference title and first MLS Supporters' Shield.
Although his future club career was in question, in the end he decided to move to the French club Paris Saint-Germain. At the end of the 2013 season, fans learned that he had made the decision to retire from competitive play, so one thing is for sure, the football world will miss his unenviable skill at set pieces, particularly the free kick.