Becks: what they said
"Never, never, never, never. Nothing, never, never, never. Not now. Not ever"
Real Madrid chairman Florentino Perez insisting the club would not sign Beckham. One month later, they did.
"Maybe he's not a leader, maybe he's not a captain. Fair enough. But at a minimum you should bust your ass every day. That hasn't happened. And I don't think that's too much for us to expect"
Los Angeles Galaxy team-mate Landon Donovan. He eventually apologised for airing his opinions in a book.
"Beckham will train with the team but he won't play. He has always been a great professional but if a player has such an important contract with another club you cannot count on him."
Fabio Capello, then manager of Real Madrid, after Beckham agreed to join the Galaxy later that year.
"The truth is that with him (Beckham) we made a mistake. Beckham is a great player. Now he is playing at the same level as he did at Manchester (United)"
Capello, three months later, after Beckham had played a key role in securing the Primera League title for Real Madrid.
"He was never a problem until he got married. He used to go into work with the academy coaches at night time, he was a fantastic young lad. Getting married into that entertainment scene was a difficult thing -- from that moment, his life was never going to be the same."
Ferguson in 2007 speaking about Beckham's marriage to Spice Girl Victoria Beckham