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The List: David Beckham by the numbers

- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 6, 2012

Soccer star and megacelebrity David Beckham turned 37 on May 2. This week, the List looks at the Los Angeles Galaxy star by the numbers.

  • 1 — Beckham has been married once. He married Victoria Adams (Posh Spice) on July 4, 1999, at Luttrellstown Castle in Ireland.
  • 2 — The number of Beckham's children (Brooklyn and Romeo) whose godfather is Elton John. Their godmother is actress Elizabeth Hurley.
  • 3 — The number of teams with which he has won league titles: Manchester United, Real Madrid and the Los Angeles Galaxy.
  • 4 — Beckham has four children. Three boys: Brooklyn Joseph (born March 4, 1999) Romeo James (born Sept. 1, 2002) and Cruz David (born Feb. 20, 2005). He has one daughter, Harper Seven(born July 10, 2011).
  • 5 — He is just the fifth player in World Cup history to score twice from a direct free kick; the other four were Pele, Roberto Rivelino, Teofilo Cubillas and Bernard Genghini.
  • 6 — The number of English Premier League titles he won with Manchester United.
  • 7 — The number of the shirt Beckham inherited from Eric Cantona at Manchester United in 1997 when the French ace retired.
  • 9 — The number of No. 1 hits in the United Kingdom that Beckham's wife, known musically as Posh Spice, had with the Spice Girls from 1996 to 2000.
  • 10 — The number of the shirt he was given at the beginning of the 1996-97 season, most recently worn then by Mark Hughes.
  • 17 — The minute Beckham limped off the field after Aldo Duscher broke his foot on April 10, 2002, in Manchester United's 3-2 victory over Deportivo La Coruna to reach the Champions Cup semifinals.
  • 20 — The approximate number of tattoos on Beckham's body, according to the Daily Mail, including Jesus being carried by three angels and a tattoo of his wife, Victoria, seminaked.
  • 23 — His shirt number at Real Madrid and at the Los Angeles Galaxy. He decided to wear the number 23 because of his admiration for basketball player Michael Jordan, who also wore the number 23 jersey.
  • 32 — His shirt number at AC Milan in 2008, previously worn by Christian Vieri.
  • 35 — His ranking on the 2011 Forbes Celebrity 100 List, which ranks the world's most powerful celebrities.
  • 40 — Forbes lists him as earning $40 million in 2011, making him 39th for money on the Forbes Celebrity 100 List and the highest-paid soccer player in the world.
  • 47 — The minute Beckham was red-carded in the second-round game of the 1998 World Cup against Argentina on June 30,1998. With the score at 2-2, England was left with 10 men and lost in the penalty shootout. Beckham was vilified by the English press. "10 Heroic Lions, One Stupid Boy" blared the Daily Mirror.
  • 59 — The number of games he captained for England. The fourth-highest after Bobby Moore (90), Billy Wright (90) and Bryan Robson (65).
  • 91 — The number of goals he had scored with five clubs as of May 4.
  • 100 — In October 2006 he became the third player, after Raul and Roberto Carlos, to have played in 100 UEFA Champions League games.
  • 115 — Record number of appearances for an outfield player he has made for the English national team, passing Bobby Moore's 108 caps.
  • 265 — Premier League appearances for Manchester United, where he scored 61 goals.
  • 437 — The number of staff employed for the Beckhams' wedding reception
  • 500 — The number of accredited journalists from 25 countries at Real Madrid's basketball facility when Beckham was introduced as a Real Madrid player on July 2, 2003.
  • 700 — The number of accredited media members on July 13, 2007, when Beckham was officially introduced as a Los Angeles Galaxy player at Home Depot Center.
  • 2001 — The year he was named BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
  • 46,686 — The number of fans at RFK Stadium to watch Beckham make his MLS debut on Aug. 9, 2007. He came on in the 71st minute as the Los Angeles Galaxy lost 1-0 to D.C. United.
  • 947,000 — The number of television homes that tuned in to watch Beckham's first game for the Galaxy. Despite an injured ankle, he came on the field in the 78th minute in the club's 1-0 loss to Chelsea in the exhibition World Series of Soccer.
  • 6.5 million — His guaranteed salary at the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2011 was $6.5 million, the highest in the league.
  • 22 million — The cost of the Beckhams' 13,000-square-foot plot, six-bedroom Italian-style villa on San Ysidro Drive in Beverly Hills.
  • 28 million — The worth in dollars of the Beckhams' Hertfordshire mansion in England dubbed Beckingham Palace. In March, the Los Angeles-based Beckhams decided to sell the property.
  • 219 million — According to the Sunday Times' U.K. Rich List, Beckham's estimated net worth in May 2011 was $219 million.
  • 600 million — According to Forbes, Beckham's four years at Real Madrid were primarily responsible for the team's huge increase in merchandise sales, a total reported to top $600 million.
  • 1 billion — According to Reuters, a live television audience of "around 1 billion" watched Beckham kick a soccer ball in the closing ceremony of the Beijing Olympics on Aug. 24, 2008. The Washington Post estimated "as many as 4 billion."
  • 2/15/2003 — The date that Manchester United coach Sir Alex Ferguson, in anger, kicked a soccer cleat at Beckham in the locker room. The cleat hit Beckham just above the left eye, causing an injury requiring two stitches. The event was dubbed "Scar Wars" and "Bootgate" by the British media.

Compiled by John Haydon
Sources: Wikipedia, Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph

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