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David Beckham

A David Beckham poster was an all-too common sight on the bedroom walls of countless boys and girls who grew up in the '90s, tributes to a superstar who in many ways transcended football.

Part of the talented group of Manchester United trainees that came into prominence under Sir Alex Ferguson, Beckham was known as much for his looks and celebrity lifestyle as he was for his crossing ability and swerving free-kicks.

His celebrity went up another notch after he started dating and then married Victoria Adams, a member of the famous all-girl pop group Spice Girls.

Although Sir Alex was famously dismissive of the union, believing that it affected his professionalism, the winger continued performing on the pitch.

With Roy Keane and Paul Scholes both suspended against Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League final, Beckham stepped up to play a pivotal role in central midfield.

While Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solksjaer are hailed for their late goals, it was Beckham who provided both assists from corner kicks.

These days, Beckham remains as high-profile as ever, combining charity work with a number of lucrative endorsement deals. Ending his playing career in 2013, he now plans to create a Major League Soccer team in Miami. – ZK