Undoubtedly the most famous name (and of course that cute face!) in the footballing world, David Beckham has been serving his country England for decades now. Beckham with his work-ethics, free kicks, classy looks and classier hairstyles has won millions of fans who follow him and even worship him.
This one here is no unknown David Beckham fact that David Robert Joseph Beckham (yes that's his full name) has been the most Googled football player of all times, and why not, he has represented a number of football clubs including Manchester United, Preston North End, Real Madrid, AC Milan, LA Galaxy, Paris Saint-Germain and has been one of the most successful captains for the national team of England. The most celebrated player of all times, Beckham holds the record for maximum number of appearances for any club as an outfield player.
On his 42nd birthday, we bring you 15 interesting fun facts about the super hot yet super cool celebrity footballer who we all adore and follow religiously, David Beckham.
There's no doubting that David Beckham is one of the most popular sports celebrities in the world and garners enough curiosity from his millions of soccer fans worldwide. All his fans would love to know about Beckham's on-field life but there would be millions more who would also love to know more about David Beckham's personal life and how he is off-the-field?
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Do you know what Beckham's favourite dish is and where does he gets it from? David thoroughly enjoys pie and mash with a side of jellied eels, a traditional East London dish that is available only in England. Here's another interesting fun fact, David is so fond of this dish that he introduced this traditional dish to his daughter Harper Seven Beckham when she was just a year old. When David Beckham was living in Paris, he couldn't find his favourite meal anywhere so he got the pie and mash dish shipped from London to his hotel in Paris. It should come as no surprise as when David Beckham was playing for Real Madrid in Spain there too his favourite food was shipped to him.
David Beckham proposed his wife Victoria (Posh Spice from the band Spice Girls) with a $65,000 three carat diamond ring and Victoria Adams gifted David Beckham an $80,000 engagement band. David loves surprising his wife Victoria Beckham and once on her birthday David gifted Victoria her own winery in the Napa Valley. Both David and Victoria have a passion for wine and Beckham turned that into a very expensive gift.
It has nothing to do with his food choices or David Beckham's net worth. Beckham suffers from a mild form of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD as we commonly call it) so everything needs to be organized and if possible in pairs. It is because of this obsession that David Beckham has 3 fridges in his home, first one for food, the second one for salad and the third one for drinks.
The obsession could be of anything and in David Beckham's case, it doesn't end with keeping 3 different refrigerators for food. David Beckham has more than 40 tattoos and he claims to get tattooed due to the OCD. David is addicted to the pain that is incurred by the needle and that's the reason he gets inked so often.
Since David likes to keep it organized he used to be bothered by his England team-mates who would keep scattering his football kit and his other stuff in the locker room.
Besides suffering from OCD, David Beckham also suffers from Ataxophobia, fear of chaos and Ornithophobia, fear of birds.
David and Victoria Beckham have been blessed with four children, three sons, Brooklyn Joseph, Romeo James, Cruz David and a daughter Harper Seven.
In 2002 an attempt to kidnap his wife Victoria and son Brooklyn was foiled. Beckham's three sons are taking martial arts classes in order for them to protect their younger sister. David Beckham in an interview revealed, "Cruz does taekwondo, Brooklyn does boxing and Romeo does karate, so they'll all be ready".
As we already know that Beckham is addicted to the pain incurred by the tattoo needle (he claims it) and that is why he has more than 40 tattoos on his body. All the tattoos that are inked on David Beckham are a part of his memories and things that mean to him and it is nobody else but David Beckham himself who says, "Most of my tattoos are memories and things that mean things to me".
David's tattoos include the name of his three sons and his daughter, Beckham's wife's name Victoria inked in the Hindi language, a Bible verse written in Hebrew amongst many others. But the most peculiar tattoo is inked on David's left arm, a tattoo of his wife Victoria Beckham lying on her back baring her breasts with her knees seductively raised up and she's surrounded by stars.
Madame Tussaud's museum in London had a waxwork of David, Victoria and their second son Romeo but it had to be dismantled. The statue was revealed in 2004 where Becks and Posh (David and Victoria) were portrayed as the holy couple of Joseph and Virgin Mary and their son was depicted as Jesus. Complaints were registered against the waxwork from different Christian groups citing it as blasphemous and thus the statue was dismantled.
David has another statue of his at the Pariwas temple in Bangkok. The one-foot gold-covered bronze statue is placed next to the main Buddha statue and other statues. In Tokyo, a ten-foot chocolate statue of Beckham is erected. So he's been covered in it all, wax, gold-covered bronze and yummy chocolate.
Wondering who Golden Balls is? Victoria Beckham has given this nickname 'Golden Balls' to her husband David Beckham due to his 'gold-studded' career. "What better person to look at than my husband to see how somebody can turn that all around. David is...eh...I call him Goldenballs." Victoria Beckham revealed in an interview in 2001.
She also revealed a fascinating fun fact about husband David Beckham that he likes to wear her thongs. David post this revelation has been mercilessly teased by his team-mates time and again.
"It's one of the better ones I have been called. I have been called a lot worse. My wife has that sort of thing that when we are on live TV, she likes to say certain things like me wearing her knickers. She actually said that which I don't....most of the time", said Beckham in an interview.
You ought to know this interesting fact about David Beckham if you are one true Beckham fan. In a career spanning over two decades, Beckham has sported seven different jerseys for teams Manchester United, Preston North End, Real Madrid, Los Angeles Galaxy, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and England national team.
Here's one fun fact you might not know: A whopping quarter-million LA Galaxy jerseys were sold even before Beckham signed the 5-year-deal with Los Angeles Galaxy in 2007.
Beckham wore number 4 jersey with Preston North End. He was given the iconic number 7 jersey at Manchester United when Eric Cantona retired. David wore the number 7 jersey throughout his international soccer career with the national team of England and sometimes donning a jersey with number 15 and 17. With Real Madrid and then with LA Galaxy he wore the number 23 jersey in admiration of the legendary basketball player Michael Jordan as he too wore a 23 number jersey. Beckham then wore number 32 jersey during his spells with AC Milan and also during the final days of his career with Paris Saint-Germain.
This is one super interesting, thrilling and you can even call it now a fun David Beckham fact. It dates back to 1999 Uefa Champions League overtime win against Bayern Munich. Throughout the game, Manchester United was down to 1-0 but they stunned Bayern Munich and got all Manchester United fans excited with two late goals in 3 minutes of stoppage time. David Beckham took both the corners to set up Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and it is still considered as one of the most surprising comebacks in world soccer history.
Every team David Beckham has joined for a full season has atleast won one league title while he's been with them. Interesting fact, isn't it? When Beckham was with Manchester United they won English Premier League six times, three straight in a row in years 1999-2001. 2007 was Beckham's last season with the Spanish club and saw Real Madrid claim its first La Liga title in four years. Los Angeles Galaxy won back-to-back titles in years 2011 and 2012. Paris Saint-Germain won its first French League title since 1994 when Beckham joined them.
David Beckham is the first ever English player to collect two red cards and also the first England captain to be sent off. It is really an interesting David Beckham fact, what do you say? Want to know which one of the two red card scenes was the most notorious?
The 1998 FIFA World Cup where Argentina's Diego Simeone fouled Beckham and what did David Beckham do, lying face down on the pitch Beckham kicked out at the Argentine midfielder who obviously fell dramatically and earned our man David Beckham a red card.
A not so fun David Beckham life fact for his family, a British tabloid in the year 2004 carried a story by Rebecca Loos, David Beckham's former personal assistant claiming David Beckham and Loos had an extramarital affair. A week after the story was published Sarah Marbeck, the Malaysian-born Australian model claimed that Beckham had slept with her on two occasions. Wonder what Mr. Beckham had to say about it? He dismissed both the accusations as "ludicrous" and in 2010 Beckham announced making a court application against prostitute Irma Nici and several other women who claimed David Beckham had sex with them. The magazine that published these stories accepted that the allegations were false.
David Beckham is undoubtedly a talented football player but his talent doesn't end at the field. A man of many talents who has been a number 1 soccer player for years and now is the number 1 underwear model. Yes, we are talking about the H&M underwear ads that had hit millions of views in just a week.