Sometimes, we don't realise that we're travelling through a long dark tunnel until someone points it out to us. We start off going down a wide, well-lit passage. Our eyes are firmly focused on where we're going, our minds are concerned with what we're pursuing and why we want to keep walking. Suddenly, we realise the walls have narrowed, the lights have faded and we've come too far to go back. But what's that in the distance ahead of you this weekend? It may be some way off but it's golden, bright, warm and real.
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Born in Leytonstone, London in 1975, David Beckham has always stated how the only career he ever wanted was to play football.
His parents were huge Manchester United fans and at the age of 16 signed a youth training scheme contract with the club.
David was a member of the ‘Class of ‘92’ who guided the youth team to an FA Youth Cup win, and who would all later go on to all play for the club’s first team and lead them to a unique treble-winning season in 1998-1999.
In 1996 David made his first appearance on the England national squad, and in 2000 he was named England captain, where played the game in that role for six years.
After Manchester United, David played for Real Madrid and Los Angeles Galaxy, before retiring from football in 2013 as one of the world’s most successful football players ever.
He has remained part of the sport and the sporting world in general however, and played a crucial role in helping to secure London as the venue for the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Married to fashion designer Victoria Beckham, David has four children and also has a successful career as an underwear model - Tommy Hilfiger named him the "underwear model of the century" – and has been a UNICEF ambassador since 2005.