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7. YOU’VE SEEN HIM IN HIS UNDERWEAR

New Yorkers got a very good look at Beckham last year, when retailer H&M covered almost the entire side of a midtown building with a picture of him in a pair of boxer briefs. Those who don’t live in New York will have to settle for the steamy ads he’s done for H&M and Armani.

8. HE HAS A MOVIE NAMED AFTER HIM

The 2002 comedy “Bend It Like Beckham,” starring Parminder Nagra, tells the story of a British teenager _ and big Beckham fan _ who defies her family’s wishes to play soccer. A Beckham lookalike makes an appearance at the end of the movie. (Beckham is also mentioned in the 2003 film, “Love Actually” during Hugh Grant’s speech about what makes Britain great. “The country of Shakespeare. Churchill. The Beatles. Sean Connery. Harry Potter. David Beckham’s right foot. David Beckham’s left foot, come to that.”)

9. HE LOVES HIS COUNTRY

Beckham’s 115 appearances for England are the most for a player other a goalkeeper, and he was captain of the Three Lions from 2001-06. He also was part of the group that helped London win the right to host 2012 Olympics, traveling to Singapore for the decisive vote. He was less successful in England’s bid for the 2018 World Cup, which went to Russia.

10. HE’S COMING BACK TO MLS

Beckham has the right to purchase an expansion team in Major League Soccer, and has said repeatedly that he intends to exercise that option when he is done playing.