David Beckham Fast Facts

(CNN)Here's a look at the life of retired professional soccer player David Beckham.

Birth date:
May 2, 1975

Birth place: London, England

    Birth name: David Robert Joseph Beckham

    Father: David Edward "Ted," an appliance repairman

    Mother: Sandra (West) Beckham, a hairdresser

    Marriage: Victoria (Adams) Beckham (July 4, 1999-present)

    Children: Harper, July 10, 2011 (daughter); Cruz, February 20, 2005; Romeo, September 1, 2002; Brooklyn, March 4, 1999

    2011: Beckham: I always want to win
    2011: Beckham: I always want to win


      2011: Beckham: I always want to win


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    David Beckham's life in Paris
    David Beckham's life in Paris


      David Beckham's life in Paris


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    Beckham: Tom Cruise is hotter than I am
    Beckham: Tom Cruise is hotter than I am


      Beckham: Tom Cruise is hotter than I am


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    Other Facts:
    Professional soccer (European football) player nicknamed "Becks."

    Married to Spice Girl Victoria (Adams) Beckham, nicknamed "Posh Spice."

    Midfielder known for his ability to "bend" his free kicks, curving the ball around or over defenders to score.

    Won league titles in four different countries while playing for Manchester United, Real Madrid, Los Angeles Galaxy and Paris Saint-Germain.

    Played 115 times for England between 1996 and 2009.

    #2 on Forbes 2015 list of Highest-Paid Retired Athletes, with earnings of 75 million in 2014.

    1991 -
    At age 16, leaves home to play in Manchester United's training league.

    April 2, 1995 - Premier League debut with Manchester United.

    1996 - Gains recognition when he scores a goal from the halfway line in a match for "Man U" against Wimbledon, a kick of almost 60 yards.

    September 1996 - Makes his England debut in the World Cup qualifier against Moldova. England wins 3-0.

    1997 - Is voted the Professional Footballers' Association Young Player of the Year and is second in the overall Player of the Year poll.

    1998 - Is named to the English national team for 1998 World Cup.

    1998 - Beckham is given a red card and ejected from a second round World Cup match for kicking out at Argentina's Diego Simeone, which contributed to England's elimination.

    1999 - Leads Manchester United to a treble, winning the English Premier League, FA Cup and European Champions League trophies.

    November 15, 2000 - Is named captain of England's national team.

    April 2002 - Breaks a bone in his foot, the second metatarsal, but later competes in the World Cup finals in June. England ultimately loses to Brazil in the quarterfinals.

    May 2002 - Signs new contract with Manchester United on final day of the season, keeping him at the club until June 2005.

    May 2003 - Breaks his hand during a 2-1 win over South Africa in Durban.

    June 2003 - Manchester United confirms a number of Spanish and Italian clubs are interested in recruiting Beckham.

    June 18, 2003 - Traded to Real Madrid by Manchester United for a £24.5 million transfer fee ($41,000,000).

    August 1, 2003 - The movie, "Bend it Like Beckham," is released in the United States. The title refers to Beckham's special kick that makes the ball's path seem to bend.

    August 2, 2003 - Leads Real Madrid to victory 4-0 over a Chinese team in Beijing in his first game.

    November 27, 2003 - Receives an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) from Queen Elizabeth II.

    May 20, 2004 - Announces he will stay with Real Madrid for the remaining three years of his contract.

    January 10, 2005 - Appointed UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, with a focus on the program Sport for Development.

    August 3, 2005 - Is awarded libel damages from the tabloid, The People, that accused him of making hate calls to a former nanny.

    March 9, 2006 - Settles a libel case against the British tabloid, News of the World, over a 2004 headline that read, "Posh and Becks on the Rocks."

    January 11, 2007 - Signs on with the Los Angeles Galaxy and will join the Major League Soccer team in 2007 after wrapping up his season with Real Madrid.

    July 21, 2007 - Plays his first game with the Los Angeles Galaxy. It is initially reported he will receive an estimated $250 million over the life of his five-year contract, but later revealed that the Galaxy will pay him $32.5 million over five years.

    March 26, 2008 - Appears for the 100th time in an England uniform. During the England/France game Beckham receives a standing ovation from both sides as he leaves the field during a substitution.

    April 2008 - Major League Soccer releases figures stating Beckham makes 50 times more than the average soccer player.

    January 2009 - Loaned by the Los Angeles Galaxy team to the AC Milan club. He will play with the Milan team until March.

    March 2009 - The loan of Beckham to AC Milan from the Los Angeles Galaxy is extended the end of the Italian season. Beckham and AC Milan agree to jointly pay the Galaxy to extend the loan arrangement.

    July 2009 - Beckham returns to Los Angeles to resume playing with the Galaxy.

    December 2009 - Is loaned to AC Milan a second time until the end of the Italian season in May.

    March 14, 2010 - Tears an Achilles tendon during an AC Milan match and is unable to play in the World Cup.

    January 18, 2012 - Re-signs with the Los Angeles Galaxy to a two-year contract.

    November 19, 2012 - It is announced that Beckham will leave the L.A. Galaxy after the MLS Cup game on December 1.

    January 31, 2013 - Announces that he has signed with Paris Saint-Germain for five months and will donate the pay to a children's charity in Paris. Beckham's debut with PSG on February 24 ends in a 2-0 win over Marseille.

    March 2013 - Appointed global ambassador for Chinese soccer, to help promote the game in China and abroad.

    May 16, 2013 - Announces that he will retire from professional soccer at the end of his season with Paris Saint-Germain.

    February 5, 2014 - Announces he will establish a Major League Soccer franchise in Miami.

    February 9, 2015 - Launches 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund, a collaboration with UNICEF to help kids in danger zones around the world.

    November 18, 2015 - People names Beckham its "Sexiest Man Alive" for 2015.