David Beckham is about to turn 40 but look at these adorable photos of him through the years
When it comes to charisma, David Beckham always hits the back of the net.
He’s become such an iconic part of the fabric of British culture he’s appeared on the front pages as often as he did on the back.
Now the England and Manchester United legend is about to reach the big four-zero scoreline.
And to celebrate his coming birthday, we focus on his first-half highlights.
So far, he’s been all over the pitch. And he’s already grabbed lifetime goals as a footballing hero, fashion icon, doting husband and dad, global superstar and sporting ambassador.
Becks has ridden some potentially career threatening tackles well too.
Not many players would have been forgiven for that infamous sending-off over
But Becks has.
And when he emerged from a 2003 dressing room fracas with feisty Old Trafford boss Alex Ferguson sporting a gash over his eye after being hit by a flying football boot… well, guess whose side we were all on?
He’s lived his life through a lens ever since that sunshine moment in 1996 when he scored from the halfway line against Wimbledon.
What a cutie: Young David Beckham at age 9 during the first year of Ridgeway Rovers
It was then a boyhood dream became reality for a football-daft lad from Chingford, Essex.
At 15, the son of gasman Ted and mum Sandra, moved to Manchester after being spotted by United scouts.
There, the quiet teenager dated his first girlfriend Claire Patterson.
But in 1997 he met Spice Girl Victoria Adams at a charity match after falling for her while watching one of the band’s videos a year earlier.
When the two married nearly 16 years ago it was described as the People’s Royal Wedding.
And Victoria was to lead the man she nicknamed Goldenballs – because of his comeback after that 1998 sending off – into a world of fashion and global stardom as he moved on to Real Madrid and then LA Galaxy.
Along the way came sons Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz and daughter Harper as their dad has collected multi-million pound advertising contracts, tattoos and, more recently, cool motorbikes.
He’s even found time to be a British sporting ambassador for the World Cup and Olympics.
Now he is believed to be ready to launch a football club in Florida.
A friend said: “This is what will define his 40s as well as watching his children grow.
“His family is so important to him and he’s looking forward to the next phase of his life. No way is he down about being 40.
“There is a lovely party planned for next Saturday.”
And if the second half is as good as the first, it’ll have been one h**l of a game, Becks.