David Beckham, one of the best English players in the history of football retired from football in 2013, after a 20 glorious year, having played for Manchester United, Preston North End, Real Madrid, Milan, LA Galaxy, Paris Saint-Germain, and the England national team.
With looks resembling a Hollywood actor, legs that created the most beautiful long range goals and free kicks, here we look at five of the midfielder’s best goals during his illustrious career.
Everton vs Manchester United:
This goal came in Beckham’s last ever game for Manchester United, so it was a great way to send the England midfielder off. With his side trailing 1-0 to Everton at Goodison Park, Beckham stepped up to take a free kick in the opposite side to his natural position. With a combination of bend, power and accuracy, he completely befooled Everton goalkeeper Richard Wright by scoring at the far post from an unnatural right-side-of-the-field position.
Manchester United v Real Madrid:
Beckham’s best ever goal in the Uefa Champions League competition came for the Red Devils at home to Real Madrid a year later when he assisted both goals for United in their dramatic comeback from 1-0 in stoppage time against Bayern Munich in 1999, to clinch the trophy 2-1. Beckham, who rarely earned praise for his dribbling ability, showed he was more than just a superb crosser as he eased past two Madrid defenders before drilling another and then slamming in a superb finish. Although later United went out, but the Beckham left his mark out.
Arsenal vs Manchester United:
One of the greatest FA Cup ties ever ended in an extra-time victory for United
against the defending double-winners. Receiving the ball from Teddy Sheringham, Beckham hits it the first time, curling the ball away from David Seaman and into the net. Everyone remembers Ryan Gigg’s solo effort from this FA Cup semi-final replay but this brilliant first-time strike would have been worthy of winning any game.
Manchester United v Wimbledon:
One of the best ever goals of all time in the Premier League. This goal introduced 21-year-old David Beckham to stardom with this sensational strike against Wimbledon at Selhurst Park. Taking possession just inside his own half during the closing seconds of United’s opening day win at Wimbledon, Beckham looked up and spotted Dons goalkeeper Neil Sullivan off his line. He executed a perfect lob which gave the back-pedalling keeper no chance as it dipped into the net.
England v Greece:
“Give that man a Knighthood”
Yes, that’s what the commentator said after experiencing this goal. Arguably Beckham’s most influential performance in an England shirt as he single-handedly dragged his underperforming team to the 2002 World Cup. England were 2-1 down at home to Greece and needed a draw to qualify for the 2002 World Cup. Three minutes of stoppage had elapsed at Old Trafford and England received a free kick in perfect Beckham territory. It was now or never for them and then the rest, as they say, is history. Up stepped Beckham, blew his cheeks out and curled an unstoppable bending shot over the wall and into the net, leaving the goalkeeper flat-footed, to send England to the 2002 World Cup.