David will be honoured with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award this Sunday, 19 December at BBC Sports Personality of the Year (BBC One from 7pm). The award will recognise Beckham’s huge contribution to football, which has so far involved a playing career of over 18 years, since making his debut for Manchester United in 1992 at the age of 17.
During his time at United Beckham won six Premier League Titles, two FA Cups and the UEFA Champions League. He also won the La Liga Championship and Supercopa de España while at Real Madrid. In his senior career so far he has amassed over 450 appearances and scored almost 90 goals, during spells with Manchester United, Real Madrid, Los Angeles Galaxy as well as loan spells with Preston North End and AC Milan. He made his international debut in 1996 aged 21 and has gone on to win 115 caps (an all time record for an English outfield player and score 17 goals to date, captaining his country 58 times. Beckham is the only English player to score in three consecutive World Cup Finals.
David has also been FIFA World Player of the Year runner up twice, the PFA Young Player of the Year and Sports Personality of the Year (2001).
Married to Victoria and father to three boys, Beckham’s fame extends far beyond the pitch. Noted as a keen advocate of charitable work, he has supported UNICEF since his days at Manchester United, becoming a Goodwill Ambassador in 2005 with a special focus on UNICEF’s Sports for Development program. Born in the East End of London, Beckham has been a passionate supporter of London 2012, playing a key part in securing the Olympic Games for his home city. He was also a Vice President of England’s bid to host the 2018 World Cup.
Previous winners of the Lifetime Achievement Award, include Seve Ballesteros (2009), Sir Bobby Charlton (2008), Sir Bobby Robson (2007), Bjorn Borg (2006), Pele (2005), Sir Ian Botham (2004), Martina Navratilova (2003), George Best (2002) and Sir Alex Ferguson (2001).
The Lifetime Achievement Award celebrates those who have made a significant contribution to sport and demonstrable success in their relevant sport throughout their careers. The award is the gift of the BBC.
For further information about BBC Sports Personality of the Year, please see www.bbc.co.uk/sportspersonality