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Last Updated: Thursday August 12 2010 08:11 GMT

In pics: David Beckham's career

David Beckham

Becks played his first game for Manchester United when he was just 17.

David and Victoria Beckham

In 1998 he got engaged to Victoria who was famous then in pop group the Spice Girls.

David Beckham

His career hit an all time low when he was sent off in the 1998 World Cup as England lost to Argentina.

David Beckham

During his time at Manchester United they won the Premier League six times, the FA Cup twice and the Champions League here in 1999.

David Beckham

At the age of only 25 he had already written a book all about his life!

David and Brooklyn Beckham

David and Victoria have three sons - here he is celebrating winning the Carling Cup with a very young Brooklyn.

David Beckham

He's one of the richest footy players in the world and makes millions from advertising different products.

David Beckham

Becks has had lots of different haircuts, the most famous one was this mohican.

David Beckham

He's famous for his amazing freekicks - this one in the last minute against Greece meant England qualified for Euro 2002.

David and Victoria Beckham

In 2003 he and Victoria met the Queen as he was awarded an OBE at Buckingham Palace.

David Beckham

David does lots of work with other sports and was part of the team who helped bring the 2012 Olympics to London.

David and Victoria Beckham

After Manchester United David played for AC Milan and then moved to America in 2007 to play for LA Galaxy.

David Beckham

The star has always enjoyed getting tattoos and showing off his athletic body!

David Beckham

After being ruled out of the 2010 World Cup with injury he helped coach the England team.

David and Brooklyn Beckham

David and Brooklyn like lots of sports and went to Wimbledon earlier this summer to support Andy Murray.