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Last Updated: Thursday, 11 January 2007, 15:16 GMT
Beckham's Real career in photos

David Beckham (left) signs his contract with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez

David Beckham becomes only the third Englishman to join Real Madrid when he signs his contract on 1 July, 2003

David Beckham makes his debut for Real Madrid against Chinese Dragons

Beckham, who makes his debut on a pre-season tour of China, follows Laurie Cunningham and Steve McManaman to Madrid

(l-r) Zinedine Zidane, Raul, Roberto Carlos, David Beckham, Luis Figo and Ronaldo in training

He joins the galacticos, including Luis Figo, Zinedine Zidane, Roberto Carlos and Ronaldo and wins the Spanish Super Cup

David Beckham (left) shows off his OBE with wife Victoria

Back home, the England captain is honoured for his services to football with an OBE at Buckingham Palace

David Beckham is sent off for Real Madrid in a La Liga game against Murcia in May 2004

In Spain, the midfielder scores five goals in 16 games, but he is sent off against Murcia as Real finish fourth in La Liga

David Beckham (left) in action for Real Madrid in their 5-5 aggregate draw with Monaco

Real also suffer a disappointing Champions League campaign, going out to Monaco on away goals in the quarter-final

England captain David Beckham after losing their Euro 2004 quarter-final to Portugal

Beckham's misery continues at Euro 2004 when he misses his penalty in the quarter-final shoot-out loss to hosts Portugal

David Beckham (left) and Michael Owen in action for Real Madrid

England team-mate Michael Owen joins Beckham in Madrid for the 2004-05 season, but the La Liga title eludes them

David Beckham competes for the ball against Juventus

Real are pipped to the title by Barcelona and they struggle in the Champions League, losing to Juventus in the last 16

David Beckham celebrates the 4-2 win over Barcelona

Hopes of a better domestic season in 2005-06 are lifted when Beckham inspires Real to a 4-2 win over Catalan rivals Barca

David Beckham (left) receives his marching orders against Austria

On the international front, Beckham leads England to the 2006 World Cup finals, but is sent off in a 1-0 win over Austria

The England starting XI for David Beckham's (second right bottom row) 50th game as captain

There is brighter news in November 2005 though when he captains England for the 50th time in a 3-2 win over Argentina

David Beckham trudges off after losing to Arsenal in the Champions League

However, the Champions League eludes the Spanish giants again - this time losing to Arsenal in the last 16

David Beckham leaves the field after Real Madrid's 1-1 draw with Barcelon at the Nou Camp in April 2006

And Barcelona once again win La Liga with Real a distant second, 12 points behind their Catalan rivals

The scoreboard records England's goal against Ecuador at the 2006 World Cup

England go to the 2006 World Cup in expectant mood and a trademark Beckham free-kick puts them into the last eight

David Beckham leaves the field after England's World Cup exit

But he is injured against Portugal and England crash out on penalties - Beckham subsequently relinquishes the captaincy

Real Madrid manager Fabio Capello (left) and David Beckham

Dropped by new England boss Steve McClaren, Beckham also finds life tough at Real under their new manager Fabio Capello

David Beckham prepares to come on as a substitute for Real Madrid against Osasuna in November 2006

He is frustrated at the amount of time he is spending on the bench and speculation mounts as to his future at the club

Real Madrid coach Fabio Capello (left) and David Beckham

And with his current deal running out at the end of the 2006-07 season, Beckham opts to join US side LA Galaxy

David Beckham celebrates winning the La Liga title after a final day victory over Mallorca with his children, (l-r) Brooklyn, Cruz and Romeo

However, a return to form sees him recalled to the England squad, and leave Spain on a high with his only La Liga triumph



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