David Beckham Factfile
Published 31/01/2013 | 12:19
NOTABLE dates in the career of David Beckham
1975: Born Leytonstone, May 2.
1991: Joins Manchester United as trainee.
1992: Makes debut against Brighton in the League Cup on September 23. Wins FA Youth Cup.
1993: Signs professional contract at Old Trafford.
1995: Joins Preston on loan in February and scores two goals in five games.
1996: Helps United to Premier League and FA Cup double.
1997: Collects another championship winners' medal, voted PFA Young Player of the Year.
1998: Scores first England goal, a free-kick against Colombia in Lens on June 26. Sent off in second-round penalty shoot-out defeat against Argentina.
1999: Helps United win the Premier League, FA Cup and European Cup after coming from behind to beat Bayern Munich with two late goals.
Runner-up in World Player of the Year awards, behind Rivaldo.
2000: May - Collects fourth championship winner's medal as United win title by a record 18 points.
2001: May - Collects another Premier League title with United.
October - Curls in a 25-yard last-minute free-kick against Greece at Old Trafford to earn England a 2-2 draw and send them into World Cup finals.
2002: May 11 - Signs new three-year contract reported to be worth between £90,000 and £100,000 a week.
June 7 - Scores from the penalty spot in the World Cup group stage match against Argentina to seal a 1-0 win. England bow out in the quarter-finals at the hands of eventual winners Brazil.
June 14 - Awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours for services to football.
June 17 - United announce they have accepted a £25million bid from Real Madrid for Beckham, who agrees personal terms.
2005 - November: Captains England for 50th time in friendly against Argentina in Geneva.
2006: July 2 - Stands down as England captain after World Cup quarter-final exit to Portugal.
August 11 - Dropped from squad for friendly against Greece, Steve McClaren's first match as manager.
January 13 - Real Madrid coach Fabio Capello says Beckham will never play for the club again.
May 26 - McClaren hands Beckham a shock England recall for matches against Brazil and Estonia.
June - Wins the La Liga title with Madrid, having won back his place in the team.
August 16 - Beckham scores his first goal for Galaxy on his full debut in the SuperLiga semi-final meeting with DC United with a trademark free-kick.
2008: March 26 - Wins 100th cap in the friendly against France.
October 30 - Milan announce Beckham will join them on loan on January 7, 2009.
March 9 - AC Milan announce that under a unique "timeshare" agreement Beckham will stay with them in Italy until the end of the season, return to the Galaxy from July to October and then rejoin the Serie A club for the rest of the 2009-10 campaign.
August 11 - England career appears to be at an end when Capello tells ITV: "Probably he is a little bit old."
December 31 - Five-year deal at the Galaxy expires.
2012: January 19 - Re-signs with the Galaxy.
June 28 - Announces he has not been included in Team GB's squad for the Olympic Games.
November 16 - Football Federation Australia claim a representative of Beckham approaches them with a view to the midfielder making a short-term move to the A-League in the MLS off-season. A Beckham spokesman says his client has "absolutely no plans to play in Australia".
November 20 - Confirms he is to leave the Galaxy after MLS Cup on December 1.
December 1 - Ends his time in MLS in style by winning a second MLS Cup with a 3-1 win over Houston Dynamo.
2013: January 29 - Arsene Wenger confirms Beckham is training at Arsenal.
January 31 - Sources close to Beckham say he is poised to sign for Paris St Germain.