How GOOD Was David Beckham ACTUALLY?

  • Publicado el 8 may 2019
  • David Beckham was a freekick and passing specialist, everyone knows that, but how good was he actually?
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Comentarios • 4 494

  • citizenghosttown
    citizenghosttown Hace 2 años +3114

    Beckham is one of those rare athletes who, because he became such a massive cultural icon, managed to be overrated and underrated at the same time.

    • the_henchman426
      the_henchman426 Hace 5 días

      @dazzaMusic You're goddamn right son!

    • CoshReport
      CoshReport Hace 10 días

      Like derek jeter

    • Melas Ionas
      Melas Ionas Hace 17 días

      Always overrated for me, my teammates and our coaches growing up. Idk if that was warranted or not, but Beckham was always our coaches example of what not to do, of what bad footy looks like, bcus it's not trickshots and magic it's technique and skill....idk. you'd have to ask the coaches. Beyond that, me and my teammates were just usually unimpressed by Beckham and had more discerning players in mind.
      Aside: Pele was always my hero, for as long as I can recall. I did a report on him in elementary school because I idolized him so much. Once I entered the P1 arena, obviously I added more modern heroes to my collection which ebb and flow but Pele is the foundation, Pele is forever.

    • newton heath fan
      newton heath fan Hace 22 días

      He should've won the Ballon d'or in 99

    • Butterpants1987
      Butterpants1987 Hace 26 días

      @dazzaMusic should have won the balon dor over rivaldo in 99. in 99 becks was phenomenal.

  • Peter Badger
    Peter Badger Hace un año +66

    Football fans tend to have short memories, and sadly these days Becks tends to get overlooked largely because of the level of fame he achieved. People often say he was a "one trick pony", who was only good at crossing and free kicks (and even if that were true, *what* a 'trick' it was!), but his game wasn't just about that.
    Yes, his free kicks and crossing ability was second to none, but the guy had some serious skill elsewhere too!. He had great ball control and a fantastic first touch, his work rate was off the charts, he was adaptable (switching from a pacey winger to a more central position later in his career as his pace dropped off) and his vision was possibly the best the game has ever witnessed!
    His ability to drop a ball at someone's feet from 60 yards away was absolutely outrageous! He could cut defences open with ease. Me and my friends used to refer to his crossing as "Hollywood Balls", because they were the sort of ridiculous pass you'd only ever see in an unrealistic Hollywood movie! Yet he was doing them in real life, game after game after game!!
    He was also incredibly dependable too. Becks ALWAYS stepped up in the biggest of games when his team needed him the most.
    He is, without doubt, one of the best players England has ever produced. I doubt we'll ever see someone like him again.

  • Ki
    Ki Hace 2 años +1677

    Zidane: “ his hair”. Damn i felt that shit

    • taliwakka27
      taliwakka27 Hace 3 días

      Zidane has a great sense of humour. Went over your bushy schoolboy heads

    • xXyasabeXx
      xXyasabeXx Hace un mes


    • EA7
      EA7 Hace 6 meses

      🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 omg funny as hell comment.

    • Aaron Pinder
      Aaron Pinder Hace 6 meses

      Or lack off at times

    • Kk k
      Kk k Hace 10 meses


  • robicenco1
    robicenco1 Hace un año +117

    Becks was a terrific player and I loved him. He wasn't fast, he didn't have magical touch/ball skills and he wasn't box-to-box, but as an intelligent, direct and instinctive attacking midfielder he was absolutely deadly. Everyone knows how good his crossing was, and how a free-kick for him was virtually a penalty kick. But his goals from open play were absolutely sensational too. He has a highlight reel a mile long. United (and England) legend.

    • taliwakka27
      taliwakka27 Hace 3 días

      @Sniffa Boi I remember that old motherfucker 😂 Had like 99 free kick accuracy on pro evolution soccer. He was damn accurate, but to be fair to Becks, Becks' free kicks looked so much cooler

    • Sniffa Boi
      Sniffa Boi Hace 12 días

      @robicenco1 Juninho, statistically he had the best goal conversion rate from free kicks than anyone else so far.

    • robicenco1
      robicenco1 Hace 4 meses

      @Bruna Ciompi I'd accept he wasn't/isn't a "football legend". Not in the class of Baggio, Ronaldo, Iniesta, Pirlo and all the others.
      Like I said, his highlights reel is exceptional and he had many great moments, but his all-round game was proficient rather than brilliant. He was always steady though - I think the eye-bleaching was probably an over-reaction.

    • Bruna Ciompi
      Bruna Ciompi Hace 4 meses

      Not a football legend because of sort of football he played though?
      I wanted to pour bleach on my eyes after seeing some of his games.

    • jay
      jay Hace 5 meses

      He did have a good touch

  • Ali74
    Ali74 Hace 2 años +163

    I saw him live in ‘97 at Anfield. He was imperious against us. His delivery from out wide is the best I’ve ever seen. He was definitely at his best with Man U as they had a perfect balance in midfield.

    • Marc Maddock
      Marc Maddock Hace 3 meses +1

      I remember watching Xavi Alonso against us at Old Trafford and he was truly majestic

    • Bruna Ciompi
      Bruna Ciompi Hace 4 meses +3

      @Nazri Buang What is your view of Beckham as a player?

    • ïzmïr s.
      ïzmïr s. Hace 6 meses

      Imagine being a Liverpool fan in the 90s waiting 30 years just to win a prem. Respect, my parent haven't even met by then

    • Nazri Buang
      Nazri Buang Hace 9 meses

      Lies again? Hello AMWF

  • KSR
    KSR Hace 3 años +2396

    Good video, but Beckham didn't decline at least until 2007, in 2005-06 season Beckham made 17 assists and was also named Real Madrid's Player of the Season, the same season.

    • Ellis Lugo
      Ellis Lugo Hace 4 días

      Yeah, but he wasn't in his prime physically, so he did decline. Declining and becoming shit are two very different things.

    • Bruna Ciompi
      Bruna Ciompi Hace 4 meses

      He was a limited player and after 2004 he failed to be as effective as he was before.

    • Archie long
      Archie long Hace un año

      If you look at the stats it may appear as if he had declined, this is simply a misconception though. He often played centrally and deeper for Madrid so naturally didn’t get as many goals or assists. Sometimes you just have to watch football with your eyes 🤷‍♂️

    • Hearing Visions
      Hearing Visions Hace un año

      Never declined, his last game.. PSG.. he was finding Zlatan all day, putting the ball 90 yards down field onto his big toe.

    • knowledgeisthepower1
      knowledgeisthepower1 Hace un año

      He was woeful at madrid at times

  • AngelicusImmortus
    AngelicusImmortus Hace un año +245

    He was the best of his generation.
    Put the sponsorships aside, the guy set up a football academy paying for the staff trainers venue all out of his own pocket.
    He is a genuine, kind hearted man and one of the greatest of all time.
    Of all the famous footballers you’ll hear about, not one of them has done so much or given so much away for the benefit of others.

    • amruth sullad
      amruth sullad Hace 6 meses

      What about kaka?

    • Spunky Maniac
      Spunky Maniac Hace 6 meses

      What that has to with the pitch tho,??

    • Unknown_Person
      Unknown_Person Hace 7 meses

      @Rn-WIlX Keep hating and liking your own comment toxic 🤣🤣🤣

    • Rn-WIlX
      Rn-WIlX Hace 7 meses +5

      No he is not

    • John-Gregory Sierra
      John-Gregory Sierra Hace 10 meses +1

      Easily the greatest wide midfielder of all time. He eclipses them all.

  • Aslan Tech
    Aslan Tech Hace 5 meses +10

    Beckham was a playmaker. His passing, dribbling and vision for this reason was some of the best football has ever seen. However, when he took a shot he also possessed the ability to score. One of the best of his generation. 👌🏼👍🏼

  • Richierich77
    Richierich77 Hace 2 años +7

    Apart from the world class freekicks and passes/crosses I think he was a very clever player and read the game so well. What he lacked in pace or dribbling skills for example he made up in great decision making. Added he was very consistent, a hard worker and had a strong presence which made him a good leader. From a Liverpool fan.

  • A chohan
    A chohan Hace 9 meses +9

    No one can do corner kicks like Beckham. Every time they were precise target's. Great player

  • Ray P
    Ray P Hace un año +6

    A free kick specialist and had every pass known to man in his locker. Zidane and other legends speak very highly of him and his ability....enough said.

  • steven carter
    steven carter Hace 2 años +33

    His goal assists alone make him a legend quality guy on and off the football pitch!

  • Cyril Mpanza
    Cyril Mpanza Hace un mes +5

    This man was simply great. what a player, Legendary!

  • Clarke Onenil
    Clarke Onenil Hace 8 meses +3

    In absolute terms, he was an excellent player, one of the best strikers of a ball we've seen, whether passing, shooting or crossing. His crossing, in particular, was incredible. But in comparative terms .... he was a level or two below a couple of his own midfield partners in Keane and Scholes, so it's hard to get too excited.

  • Richie Young
    Richie Young Hace 2 años +499

    His workrate was out of this world, he covered more ground than any other player. His partnership down the right with Neville was phenomenal. For me Beckham playing career was underated to his personal career

    • Ellis Lugo
      Ellis Lugo Hace 4 días

      @jakatom Hell nah bro. Almost any player that gets videos made about him about how good he is has to be good. Mediocre players don't get talked about at all

    • Brent Meister General
      Brent Meister General Hace 2 años +1

      really? He was FIFA World player of the year runner up.. TWICE! The only person in Utds history to do better than that was CR7!

    • The Sprawl
      The Sprawl Hace 2 años

      @defandra nurredityo The only reason he played on the wing is because he happened to have two of the best central midfielders of all time ahead of him in the team, Scholes and Keane. Central midfield was always the position he was destined to play, that the fans saw him playing and that he himself wanted to play. He was just unlucky/lucky enough to play alongside Scholesy and Keano. So Fergie played him out wide instead.

    • defandra nurredityo
      defandra nurredityo Hace 2 años +4

      100% agree. Beckham was remembered as a right midfielder with accurate pass and lethal freekick taker. But i believe people forgotten before he became famous as RMF, he was playing at CMF and excel at it. It was at real madrid that he began to switching back to CMF. His workrate was underappreciated, and peoples seem to underestimating his hardwork and professionalism on and off the pitch, just because he was somehow labeled as too posh and glamourous

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  • Don da mon
    Don da mon Hace 9 meses +8

    Beckham was a great player one of our most important players during our most successful period

  • ryonanno7
    ryonanno7 Hace 2 años +98

    I’m an Arsenal Fan.
    Beckham was no doubt one in a generation talent. Hardworking. Humble. Talented.

    • Potato
      Potato Hace 21 un día

      @sanderson Okay stfu here I copied the original comment...
      "He can comment, nobody said he couldn't, but we don't care about his opinion as an Arsenal fan. Just like you wouldn't care about my opinion on Henry, he is your legend, me agreeing or not is irrelevant. Can you please stfu now?"
      Happy? Now can you plug something up your hole?

    • sanderson
      sanderson Hace 21 un día

      @Potato nope it's not though lol 😆 😂 😅

    • Potato
      Potato Hace 21 un día

      @sanderson Not my fault you live in your ass and the internet sucks

    • Potato
      Potato Hace 21 un día

      @sanderson Still up there?

    • sanderson
      sanderson Hace 21 un día

      @Potato Where's your Henry comment telling me to shut up

  • Tim Atkins
    Tim Atkins Hace un año +5

    Beckham was a brilliant player he's one of the names that won't be forgotten

  • Jd Toledo
    Jd Toledo Hace 6 meses +2

    He was the most famous footballer in the planet for a few years but he didn't buckle under pressure. He continued to perform at the highest level. Other athletes do not thrive under pressure and under global spotlight, that's how you know this man was an elite footballer in his prime.

  • Fryday79
    Fryday79 Hace 2 años +1004

    Beckham didn't decline since 2004. He simply changed positions from SMF to CMF or DMF and these are positions where it's easier to get cards. It must also be said that Real Madrid played with Zidane, Figo, Ronaldo and Raul and Beckham was one of the few who defended and often had to close on the position errors of others. 13:05 "a lot of red cards" (?). 6 red cards in 517 league appearances aren't many cards for a midfielder. Clearly, clearly the best right foot ever in kicking the ball. Whoever criticizes Beckham as a footballer, I don't think has a clue what football is.

      JOHN MCDERMOTT Hace 2 meses

      All the positions you mentioned are easily supported by the players around him. He was alright with the free kick or any set play from stoppage.
      His career was best summed up Eng. vs. Arg. where he was made look foolish (and he knew it)by how easily he lost the ball, feigned a foul (something he couldn’t do when playing with Roy Keane) and when he didn’t get the call kicked at his transgressor( who was good at feigning and got the foul) and sent off. Bi bi bent Becky like heck him. That’s all folks.

    • ABoyWhoCodes
      ABoyWhoCodes Hace 2 meses

      i think cr7 has a better right foot

    • Zorroiliso
      Zorroiliso Hace 4 meses


    • Bruna Ciompi
      Bruna Ciompi Hace 4 meses

      He did decline.
      He was semi-finished but still effective.

    • Hristo
      Hristo Hace 5 meses

      ? Did Beckham and Cr7 play for Real at the same time..

  • David Mutua
    David Mutua Hace 2 años +9

    His ball bending techniques where magical, finding the corner post at every crucial moment..... Amazing player, it was fun to watch Becks play,

  • Ari Budiono
    Ari Budiono Hace un año +16

    When Beckham pass the ball to the striker, it's the ball who find the striker, even if the striker pit-guarded by 2 players. Miss those times. Great generation of United.

  • Brutus Biggy
    Brutus Biggy Hace 6 meses +6

    Thinking of beckham's career gives my goosebumps. He is a world class legend of this sport! Wish he never left united.

  • Gabriel McGuoirk
    Gabriel McGuoirk Hace un año +5

    I know a guy who was in the youth squad at United who never made it to the first team tell me that Beckham was always the first one on the pitch for training, and the very last one off. Good work ethic is what builds careers.

    • John Davis
      John Davis Hace un año

      I've heard that before. He would stay behind after training and practice his free kicks over and over.

  • d84
    d84 Hace 2 años +3161

    Becks could find my dad with a pass and he's been missing over 20years

    • SW
      SW Hace 24 días +1


    • theZeek
      theZeek Hace 3 meses +1

      Great line

    • Neil Williams
      Neil Williams Hace 4 meses

      @Bruna Ciompi did you come on the dinghy from calais,,,jumped on the united bandwagon after following erithea wanderers and claiming everything that moves[ ect ect]you fucking lemon

    • Bruna Ciompi
      Bruna Ciompi Hace 4 meses

      @neil williams Beckham was one of United's best players.

    • Bruna Ciompi
      Bruna Ciompi Hace 4 meses

      @Gaz W Beckham was crucial for United.

  • william ximing Lue
    william ximing Lue Hace un año +2

    With the passage of time, David Beckham's signature free-kicks might have faded a bit and gathered some dust in the shadows of other world events. But thanks to your well-researched and superbly put-together documentary, the memory of my hero's golden era lives on. Bravo!

  • Dave
    Dave Hace un año +8

    As a Manchester United fan, im honoured that i got to witness greatness growing up! Beckham was one of the greatest players to have never won the ballon d'or.. That freekick against greece in 2001, even 20 years later still gives me goosebumps! But the 1999 Champions league final will always be my favourite!

  • Alcathous
    Alcathous Hace 6 meses +1

    Years ago I remember someone pointing out Beckman's pace. He often covers the most distance of anyone on the field. And apparently in endurance running tests, he scored some of the highest. I think that came out when Park Ji-sung barely didn't beat Beckham's old record in, maybe the shuttle run test? This is of course not what makes or breaks a player. But if you combine this with his passing & kicking skill, you have something special. You don't need to win a lot of challenges with that skillset already there.

  • Anatoly Park
    Anatoly Park Hace 5 días +3

    I think Beckham is the only player in history who managed to change Fabio Capello’s mind. He thought Becks was a prima donna while he preferred players with high work rate, so he benched him. Beckham never complained and kept working, in the second half of the season he played crucial role in winning la liga for the first time in years.

  • syncmaster915n
    syncmaster915n Hace 2 años +1588

    In the crossing department, he's 1000 out of 100.

    • G entertainment
      G entertainment Hace 5 meses

      @Beans On toast maybe ,but the people, those work for me didn't.

    • Mohamad Fitri
      Mohamad Fitri Hace 5 meses

      For me he's 1million out of 100 bro... because he using my favourite number and that is number 7...

    • G entertainment
      G entertainment Hace 6 meses

      @Yong Keong Ng Bekham has 66 free-kicks,,95%+ long pass accuracy. The highest. There is saying " Bekham's ball can find a person even in the desert" . Its for a reason. There is no one close to him when it comes to accuracy,,not Messi not Ronaldo not pele . Precision is next level.

    • Yohane Lima
      Yohane Lima Hace 7 meses

      No departamento de cruzamento, ele é 1000 em 100

    • AR JIGGY
      AR JIGGY Hace 11 meses

      @neil williams lol David from Leytonstone is the greatest crosser in history

    DHAIVAT (ALL CAPS) Hace 5 días +1

    That human nature at the starting was so beautiful. Man I hate not witnessing this man play. What an absolute legend.

  • Ads Taxman78
    Ads Taxman78 Hace un año +5

    His passing & crossing was brilliant no doubt, as were his free kicks. The only thing I would say though, the absolute greats of the game that were great passers and crossers of the ball too would be able to do it running at full pace (e.g. Watch some clips of Maradona), whereas I didn't see Becks do that all too often. Most times I saw him put in great passes or crosses he was only jogging or taking steps on the ball. One of the great players of his era for sure, but wouldn't class him with the all time greats (only my humble opinion).

  • Okky Suryawijaya
    Okky Suryawijaya Hace un año +1

    beckham half way line goal was my first ever football matches that i ever watched, back then i was 4 or 5 years old, and that made me fell in love with beckham and manchester united, he was absolutely world class in my opinion, it's a shame he didn't retire at manchester united, but that charity game when beckham played for man united one last time was a joy though, he's still got it

  • Kontoculai
    Kontoculai Hace un año +24

    He has good skill in giving passes,choosing wife and scoring long range goals.

  • Gladiatorscoops
    Gladiatorscoops Hace 11 meses +4

    I watched Beckham in a charity match a couple of years ago and his delivery is still the very best in the world.

  • Will Willis
    Will Willis Hace un año +2

    I watched him for several years at United. The main thing I remember about him is his work rate and link play with neville.

  • Rob Knight
    Rob Knight Hace un año +1

    His work rate was installed at united . He was a work horse in midfield . Always tracking back and making tackles without fear

  • everyonesview
    everyonesview Hace 9 meses +2

    Such a quality player he was! Absolutely.

  • Chris Lai
    Chris Lai Hace 2 años +829

    He was the most underrated footballer because of his charming outlook. After so many years, we still bend it like Beckham.

    • Bruna Ciompi
      Bruna Ciompi Hace 4 meses

      @SKY-B2500 His work rate,his intangibles, crossing etc.

    • Acharich Speaks
      Acharich Speaks Hace un año +1

      @SKY-B2500 I'm an Arsenal fan but I witnessed his greatness & watching this, I realised he is better looking now than he was then, so not sure what u are on about.. lol

    • Star tracker
      Star tracker Hace un año

      @SKY-B2500 he was very good. But his temper on the pitch let him and the fans down.

    • Mohammad fato _ محمد فتو
      Mohammad fato _ محمد فتو Hace un año

      bend it like roberto carlos would be better

    • Cam
      Cam Hace un año

      @SKY-B2500 ur gay asl

  • imprezaver4
    imprezaver4 Hace un año +11

    He's a bloody accurate passer and goalies pissed in their pants when he took direct freekicks against them.

  • lurker 1974
    lurker 1974 Hace un año +13

    If he had Ronaldo's pace he would have been immortal.

  • micktheharp14
    micktheharp14 Hace un año +1

    He influenced nearly every game he played in, and carried the England team for years.

  • 2N
    2N Hace un año

    I loved and i still love him. He is the reason that i started to play football and become better and better evry day. He made me to practice that type of pass he was doing and for many time my pass was perfect, but you need striker's magic for the gol. PS: I was MidFieldAttacker. I was ManUnited fan just because of DavidB. For me DavidB is a Legend.

  • Beej J
    Beej J Hace un año +18

    Such a wierd set of contradictions, Beckham: Shy, yet clearly a poser. Humble (but with big ego beneath it). An ATG passer of the ball, reader of the game and free -kick specialist (at his peak). All the stuff around his persona detracted from his actual ability level in many eyes but anyone objective knows he was in the top ten best players in the world. Can't say more than that : )

    • Jack
      Jack Hace un año +2

      Spot on analysis

  • eddiewawa
    eddiewawa Hace un año +1

    Wanted to play and represent his national team as the pinnacle vs most others who sees the Champions league as their priority. Its hard to see someone in the national team now that plays with as much passion and pride as he did. His celebrity masks how much of a great player he was on the pitch.

  • Tasha Bryan
    Tasha Bryan Hace un año +3

    98/99 was the first time I lost my voice 2 times in one year. What a year that was. Always said Scholes was underrated, he'd be quiet all match then his one touch goals were outstanding.

  • Geoff Says hello
    Geoff Says hello Hace 5 meses

    I remember watching that CL final. 3 goals in as many minutes to win after trailing for so long. It was just great to watch.

  • Armin Sch
    Armin Sch Hace 2 años +6

    Becks was one of the best in the game 5*, 1A, top notch everything, there is zero doubt about that

  • gaz nev
    gaz nev Hace un año +3

    His right foot was One of the best weapons of the 90s. Thankyou for 99 and Thankyou for that greece goal 🥅 Take a bow David Beckham

  • Bruce Hansen
    Bruce Hansen Hace 2 años

    If I needed a player to take a corner or a free kick in injury time, I'd want it to be David Beckham. If I needed a player to lead by example and give his all, I'd want David Beckham. He is woefully underappreciated by so many football fans.
    World class.

  • resisantcube gaming
    resisantcube gaming Hace un año +2

    Best memory for me was England game at old Trafford when he scored the free kick so we qualified in the last mins of the game, goose bumps thinking about it, Boro fan speaking

  • Jay&Joe’sAdoptedSonBenjamin

    Great video! Thank you. As a Manchester United fan I really love this. I use him now in fifa 20, he s good and it’s great watching this video. I will have even more fun playing with him!

  • Saurabh Mamgain
    Saurabh Mamgain Hace 2 años +15

    Just the mere presence of Beckham on field was all that England needed. Phenomenal player he was.

    • Akshay Khanna
      Akshay Khanna Hace un mes

      @Pandu Arga Oh I didn’t notice the comment was about England not united.

    • Pandu Arga
      Pandu Arga Hace un mes

      @Akshay Khanna and Giggs is not from England

    • Akshay Khanna
      Akshay Khanna Hace un mes

      Kinda overstated. There were other greats in the team too in the likes of Giggs, Scholes etc.

  • dean lilley
    dean lilley Hace un año +1

    Unreal talent & world class player! Thank you David beckham

  • Richie's Play
    Richie's Play Hace un año

    Not only is he an awesome player who is so underrated but he is also the guy who single handedly changed the image and financial aspect of football forever.

  • Nenemoosha 3000
    Nenemoosha 3000 Hace 2 años +232

    Every player is unique in their own right. David Beckham is legendary for his acurate crosses.His foot has its own radar to find the player...

    • Rio Winaryo
      Rio Winaryo Hace 2 años +1

      It's called he has better visions

    • Nenemoosha 3000
      Nenemoosha 3000 Hace 2 años +1

      @Johny Christ thanks😊👍✌

    • Johny Christ
      Johny Christ Hace 2 años

      Crosses you mean, cross over is a dribble move

  • Sammy
    Sammy Hace 6 meses +2

    He had one of the best free kicks ever.. instead of saying he declined, how about saying he naturally slipped away from the game. People grow, change.. he never declined. I was 13 when the madness was around beckham but my dad always said back then in 96, forget all that he's a fantastic footballer. My dad didn't even like him or football unless it was England. But gave credit where it was due.

  • Stephen Kellie
    Stephen Kellie Hace un año +3

    He could put a ball on a tooth pick 50 yards away on the run , he was one on the best free kick taker ever , he’s defence was great and he played in the best teams in England ,Italy, Spain and USA . How good was he should you really ask ! He was brilliant.

  • mark jonathan Lever
    mark jonathan Lever Hace un año

    Beckham was probably my favourite player growing up. What I didn't realise how long he'd already been playing by the time I got into football and started following him as a footballer. Although I still remember fondly the 96/97 season and the Wimbledon goal because at the time I was a Wimbledon supporter (now AFC Wimbledon supporter)

  • SNP1999🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

    He was the best midfield player that I ever saw, and I have seen many since I started following professional football in 1966. His precise on the man passes over 40 - 50 meters, his brilliant free kicks and spectacular goals have to be seen to be believed. He was an unbelievably gifted footballer, the best of the best of all time. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

    • Neil Williams
      Neil Williams Hace un año

      gasgoine scholes vierra perryman keane souness mc mahon what about them ..golden fleece was more of a right winger far to feminine to go in the mid ..against beasts like vinny [shit player[jones or steve mc mahon...

  • Michael Uden
    Michael Uden Hace 2 años +57

    Still one of the best wingers I've ever seen in my life...his precision with the ball was out of this world

    • G entertainment
      G entertainment Hace 6 meses

      @W G midfield winger,,man United playstyle

    • Jordan Orick
      Jordan Orick Hace 7 meses

      Easily one of the best 👍

    • W G
      W G Hace 2 años

      WHAT ! 1.of the best wingers you've ever seen ?

    • Millie Says OK boomer
      Millie Says OK boomer Hace 2 años +5

      Yes it's sad that he's become hated by daily mail readers and well, overrated by some people . He was and will always be a football legend

  • Suzanne Baxter
    Suzanne Baxter Hace un año

    I personally think he has been one of the greatest ambassadors of the sport some the best goals I have ever seen game from his foot, the half way goal for Man Utd was an absolute cracking goal and still even now I can watch it knowing where it's going to land and I still shout get in, which is a miracle because I was not and have never been a Manu Utd fan, his goals for England just awe inspiring the one free kick against Greece was sublime. I think he is one of the finest players a bit of a hot head but a lot of it was his youth, In the latter part of him at Man Utd I could have slapped Ferguson for his treatment towards him.

  • Skip Overit
    Skip Overit Hace un año

    Great little documentary. He really was one of the greats

  • Capt Mal Reynolds
    Capt Mal Reynolds Hace 14 horas

    Becks was one of the most gifted and hardest working players I think I've ever seen.
    His dedication was second to no one.
    He didn't have the dribbling skills of Pele or Maradona, but they didn't have the consistently mesmerising passing skills either, and Beckhams ability to nullify the opposition was just as legendary as any else.
    Fame didn't affect his work rate like many others before or after.
    Becks also massively succeeded in every country he played in, which is very rare too.
    Was he the best ever? Hell no!
    Was he one of the best of all time?
    In my opinion, he must be included in that illustrious group of players.
    He was rare and ridiculously underappreciated.

  • M S
    M S Hace un año +17

    You have to watch him live to understand. I have never seen a player play like he did against Greece for England. It was literally Beckham vs Greece. Even before he scored that free kick. I was an absolute beast in that game. Sheer force of will was what he had above everything else. That's what people don't get about him.

  • Wyatt Hunter
    Wyatt Hunter Hace 2 años +301

    He was an elite player everyone who watched him during his days at Man United knows it

    • Bruna Ciompi
      Bruna Ciompi Hace 4 meses

      @Zib Ndix He was not.

    • AnDy c
      AnDy c Hace 2 años +1

      As well as his real days. We all knew he was a precision player. His long ball was a thing of beauty

    • Zib Ndix
      Zib Ndix Hace 2 años +1

      Even better at Madrid.

    • Big Beaty Swollocks
      Big Beaty Swollocks Hace 2 años

      Hunter you must be joking right

    • JB Smith
      JB Smith Hace 2 años

      prakash dayani ahh ok, your sarcasm was lost on me, must be this lock down messing with my head 😂

  • David Jenkins
    David Jenkins Hace un año +2

    I live in Germany, and a few weeks after the 1999 Champions' League final I was on a seminar where the moderator was talking about moderation. "What use is it?" he asked, "to lead 1-0 for 89 minutes and then lose 2-1?". One small corner of the room cheered loudly, to stares from all of the other participants... :-)

  • farley marly
    farley marly Hace 2 días

    Becks is a legend, times change so quickly in football people forget how good he was. I'm not a fan of him but dam he was good. His free kicks and assists were crazy but his passion to win puts him up there with greats because great players win you games.

  • Santosh Patnaik
    Santosh Patnaik Hace 2 años +6

    Damn those pin point crosses and passes he made were military grade radar, so accurate and lethal.

  • Will Page
    Will Page Hace un año

    In terms of his ability to strike a football in its purest terms, he is one of the greatest of all time. Phenomenal right foot and crosser of the ball. Obviously when you consider overall quality and contribution as a footballer, there are better players. Particularly physical attributes like speed, work rate (post Man Utd), strength on the ball as well as tackling, poor aerial ability and a sub-par goal scoring record, hold him back from the upper echelon of all time greats.
    Still a fantastic player though. Doesn’t get the respect he deserves as a footballer.

  • T SB
    T SB Hace 2 años +721

    If I needed a player to take a corner or a free kick in injury time, I'd want it to be David Beckham. If I needed a player to lead by example and give his all, I'd want David Beckham. He is woefully underappreciated by so many football fans.
    World class.

    • T SB
      T SB Hace 3 meses

      @Rishav Sharma No. His freekicks were overrated. He could score goals no one else in the world could score from freekicks but 9/10 times he would hit the wall of miss the target. Let him take one from 35 yards out in the middle of the game, sure. But last minute big moment freekick? No way. Let the goalkeeper have a go before Roberto.
      2nd best leftback ever though, behind Maldini.

    • Rishav Sharma
      Rishav Sharma Hace 3 meses

      Not Roberto Carlos?

    • Bruna Ciompi
      Bruna Ciompi Hace 4 meses +1

      @Ed Robbins There is a lot of rubbish spouted on this player.

    • Bruna Ciompi
      Bruna Ciompi Hace 4 meses

      @Ed Robbins For England he had a shocking conversion rate but he somehow managed to get a goal in every tournament.
      I am sure marketing is the reason England failed to qualify for Euro 2008 after dropping him for a long time.

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      chris bennett Hace 5 meses


  • Millie Says OK boomer
    Millie Says OK boomer Hace un año +3

    Fergerson looked so in awe of him. Guy found gold and he knew it

  • agnostic47
    agnostic47 Hace un año

    Crossing and dead ball situations he was great. And, of course, he scored that wonderful free kick that took England to a World Cup. And he put in the effort.
    But remember, when Beckham reached his 100th cap, he'd spent 3,000 fewer minutes (that's THREE THOUSAND!!!) on the pitch than Bobby Moore had at the same milestone.
    Beckham should be paying his agent 50% of everything he gets.

  • Parvesh Choudhary fitness

    I remember him because of his fame and iconic free kicks ❤️ and of course Bend it like beckham movie has influenced me to search him online 😅

  • Fuxal
    Fuxal Hace 8 meses +5

    The best league in the world?
    The English league of the 90's was a strong league. But at that time, the Italian league was clearly the strongest league in the world.
    But stil a real good Video

  • Cataracta
    Cataracta Hace un año +1

    Ive seen pretty much everything about United and Becks who's my fav. of all time.
    Thats some quality production thank you!

  • Go FISH Global
    Go FISH Global Hace 5 meses

    Congratulations on a gorgeous video! Beautiful! Also, I can see why people would have been upset that he didn't win the Ballon D'Or the year he won three trophies. It doesn't seem fair. I would have to see what Rivlado did to deserve it over Becks.

  • ivan boskovic
    ivan boskovic Hace un año +18

    "Except he can''t dribble, play left leg and head, Beckham is excellent player." George Best

    • Acharich Speaks
      Acharich Speaks Hace un año

      @nikosofidemporas very perfect at what he perfected, and that was enough.. 💎

    • nikosofidemporas
      nikosofidemporas Hace un año +1

      the problem with Beckham is not that he did not use his left leg. But the fact that he did no have enough pace with the ball, enough dynamic dribbling that made him just stay on his right side and make perfect crosses or take some incredible set pieces. His game was one-dimensional. He could not cut inside like Robben or Messi (players with "only one leg"), could not dribble through the defense like them and could not shoot the ball from open play like them. He needed his time with things. He was an older style wing that did not age well through today's game. But he was perfect at some things.

    • nikosofidemporas
      nikosofidemporas Hace un año

      @ivan boskovic You put Messi in the same sentence as Di Maria, Griz and Werner. Damn that's incredible.

    • ivan boskovic
      ivan boskovic Hace un año

      @NHK23 The point is to learn playing with both legs. It's enough half an hour daily training. Messi, Griezman, Di Maria, Verner... well paid one-legged pirates.

    • NHK23
      NHK23 Hace un año

      So can't Xavi, Pirlo, Scholes etc. Whats your point?

  • Clarke Onenil
    Clarke Onenil Hace un año

    He was a very good player, great striker of a ball whether shooting, passing or crossing, but in the Man Utd team he played in it was a toss-up between himself and Giggs for 3rd and 4th best midfielder.

  • Yagadish Umat
    Yagadish Umat Hace un año

    He was the reason I started watching football.

  • Shawn Kavanagh
    Shawn Kavanagh Hace un año

    Beckham and Giggs were my two greatest playing inspirations

  • Bill Blog
    Bill Blog Hace un año +1

    He had a great right foot that's about it. He was so good his position doesn't exist anymore.

  • Tommy2shoe811
    Tommy2shoe811 Hace 2 años

    What’s hard to look past with United from that era was they benefitted so much from so many dubious goals like the offsides goal in the CL final and then the many many goals they scored when the game should’ve ended. They were no doubt a great side but there was definitely some dirty dealings going on with the referees in England at the time.

  • Jide Luther
    Jide Luther Hace 2 años +170

    I'm an Arsenal Fan, and I can say wholeheartedly, "BECKS WAS LIT". A true world-class player. Wouldn't miss a gunners match, and certainly would always try to watch a Man Utd match because of him. Great, classy, brave, hardworking and just added that bit more glitz to a match, play-wise and presence-wise.

    • Bruna Ciompi
      Bruna Ciompi Hace 4 meses

      @S. Sir Pires was individually more impressive as a winger but Beckham reached an higher level when he was at United.

    • Acharich Speaks
      Acharich Speaks Hace un año

      Same & I completely agree.. 🔥💎🔥

    • Ekamrr
      Ekamrr Hace 2 años

      Syahrin Siregar pires over Beckham? Haha

    • David James
      David James Hace 2 años

      @CA WA I'm 52 - old enough to be your dad if I started early, and I did, so you never know!

    • moondee lundee
      moondee lundee Hace 2 años

      @CA WA definitely. Only penaldo out of these has probably worth talking about, but ultimately Messi is better than him. Messi has got as much probably more goal against top six PL teams than Penaldo even though penaldo himself played in PL 6 years and Messi has never played in PL. And penaldo lovers think Messi couldn't handle it in Prem.

  • Deidre Kellogg Ketroser

    Thank you for this…it was wonderful!!! Appreciate all you do.

  • Dr.pepper or Bust
    Dr.pepper or Bust Hace 2 años +3

    the fact this man NEVER won a balon d'or instantly discredits that 'award'. its insane and especially in that 99 season he deserved it more than anyone no arguments.

  • A Bobble
    A Bobble Hace un año +6

    Nice to see him as a kid. His voice never changed.

  • Patrick Kealy
    Patrick Kealy Hace un año +1

    As good as Beckham was and that was very good he could have achieved near immortal status. We may never know the real reason why SAF became disenchanted with him and let him go but I suspect the groundwork was layed when Beckham became involved with Victoria. She was a pop idol and exposed Beckham to that side of fame and he loved it and embraced it fully. The British Press eat all of this up and elevated Beckham to Godlike status. Granted he continued to play football at high level but it could have been so much more.

  • Danny DeVito
    Danny DeVito Hace 6 meses +1

    He's kinda like the Tom Brady of the EPL. Really successful, good looking with a model wife but actually known by fellow players to be one of the hardest working players ever

  • Ahmed Shafay
    Ahmed Shafay Hace un año +1

    He was not good he was more than great he is one of the game's legends

  • japphan
    japphan Hace 2 años +3

    Underrated for his workrate and defense.

  • Arafat
    Arafat Hace 7 meses +1

    David Beckham = Iconic Goal Passes, Thunder Ball FreeKick, Own Style of dribbling & damn fcking Goodlooking🔥

  • amare1cro
    amare1cro Hace 2 años +56

    Fulfilled his childhood dreams (all of them!), all of his potential (it is bollocks to think he would’ve miraculously been a better player if he was an uncharismatic tart and had no interests outside football), he worked hard off and especially on the pitch - even Fergie admits his workrate was out of this world and he was always the fittest boy in practice. He perfected one part of his game - precision on crosses/free kicks, and i do mean PERFECTED it. The rest was also great. A perfect right winger, absolutely unique player.
    Not the only one who had a fallout with SAF - and despite popular opinion, SAF was a ruthless prick and wasnt some godlike manager who could do no wrong. He was disloyal to many players and David was just one of them, with the difference that he was the bigger man and made amends with the gaffer. Keano, Stam and RVN for example will never again speak to the old guy.
    Back to David.
    He was such a great guy, too.
    His Real Madrid transfer made all the sense, it was a step forward. Unfortunately he came to an already declining Galacticos team riddled with injuries, but he put the work in, played whatever position he needed to, rushing into crumching tackles, giving it all for Madrid shirt. He is a Madrid legend because he wore his heart on his sleeve, even if only for 3 seasons. And got rewarded with a most legendary la Liga title ever.
    So to answer your question.
    Yes, he fulfilled all his potential. Was a top player, best at his craft (crossing/fks), won titles in two greatest clubs in the world.... and outside pitch, ohh, simply became the GREATEST ICON and built up his brand and his riches.
    A fookin legend who most importantly won IN LIFE.

    • pinkfloyd mayweather
      pinkfloyd mayweather Hace 11 días

      Well said 👏

    • Bruna Ciompi
      Bruna Ciompi Hace 4 meses

      He could have had a better career if he had stayed at United or not gone to Madrid.

    • none none
      none none Hace un año

      That's what make everything worth it

    • De Code
      De Code Hace 2 años +1

      @Richard Grace I am sorry but those two things made him one of the best. You can argue Juaninho was a better free kicker as he could shoot the ball in any way, like Beckham & like R. Carlos but Beckham was better as he was the best in those twisting balls. He made that style cause he was the best.
      Any footballer would like to be world best at one or two things. In fact, he was good at those things but he made up with heart. He always had the most heart when playing, for England, for RM & so on. So, he wasn't the best dribbler but his passing/crossing & shooting alongside the work rate made him world class.
      If you remember Dirk Kuyth, the guy didn't have any world class shots or anything but his work rate was out of this world. Beckham was like him most of the time.

    • Richard Grace
      Richard Grace Hace 2 años

      He wasn't even one of the top players of his generation.. outside of crossing and free kicks he was average at best

  • newman447
    newman447 Hace un año +3

    Anyone who doubts David Beckham as a player, they seriously havent got a clue.

  • MarkoRollo
    MarkoRollo Hace un año

    I think that, ironically, the best thing about Beckham's game, the free kicks and passing, which he was and still is the best I've seen at overshadowed everything else he was good at, apart from the halfway line goal you don't see too many highlights of him scoring 'normal' goals but he was good at that too. Also, "it's not just a dream, it's a wet dream" I actually snort laughed....

  • Jayackrishna7 pp
    Jayackrishna7 pp Hace un año +2

    One of the best videos on David Beckham the legend😍-thank you for the video-keep up the good work-upload more-u are one of the best in what you do😊😀😊😊🙂.

  • Luca Emma
    Luca Emma Hace 2 años +3

    People forget how hard working he was, it’s true that later in his career he was making headlines for his hairdo more than his performances on the pitch... I saw him play at San Siro for ac Milan in his late thirties and he was running and defending like a youngster, as well as serving assists for the likes of Ronaldinho and kaka. He was a talent, of course extremely media hyped ... but nevertheless one of England’s best ever

  • Teketchup 6ix9ine Lopez
    Teketchup 6ix9ine Lopez Hace 2 años +85

    David Beckham was the real deal and I’m so glad I got to watch him play. My favorite player when I was a kid.

  • Sam
    Sam Hace un año

    There are some inaccuracies in here. Yorke wasn’t a winter signing for example. He was there for the whole of the 98/99 season and was top scorer

  • Jim Bombadill
    Jim Bombadill Hace 2 años +1

    a great foot for sure and a good eye for the game..but lacking some other qualities to be considered among the very best for me...also seeing him against my national team sweden realy wasnt anything impressive