David Beckham's 10 most memorable moments

The 21-year-old Beckham announced himself as a rising star with an incredible goal from inside his own half against Wimbledon on the opening day of the 1996-97 English Premier League season.

1. Scores from the halfway line
The 21-year-old Beckham announced himself as a rising star with an incredible goal from inside his own half against Wimbledon on the opening day of the 1996-97 English Premier League season.

C30 Jun 1998: David Beckham of England is sent off by referee Kim Nielsen after lashing out at Diego Simeone of Argentina during the World Cup second round match at the Stade Geoffroy Guichard in St Etienne, France. England lost 4-3 on penalties as the ended 2-2 after extra-time \ Mandatory Credit: Ross Kinnaird /Allsport

2. Red card against Argentina
Beckham's ill-advised kick on Diego Simeone caused him to be sent off during England's second-round clash with Argentina in the 1998 World Cup. The team went on to lose on penalties and Beckham was lambasted for his foolish loss of control.

26 May 1999: David Beckham of Manchester United lifts the trophy after victory over Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League Final at the Nou Camp in Barcelona, Spain. United scored twice in injury time to win 2-1. \ Mandatory Credit: Ross Kinnaird /Allsport

3. Champions League final 1999
Beckham played a crucial role as Manchester United launched an extraordinary late fightback against Bayern Munich, scoring twice in the dying seconds to snatch away the Champions League, in an historic season where they would also win the EPL and the FA Cup.

/6 Jun 2001: David Beckham of England celebrates scoring the second goal of the match with a brilliant free-kick during the World Cup 2002 Group Nine Qualification match against Greece played at the Olympic Stadium, in Athens, Greece. England won the match 2-0. \ Mandatory Credit: Stu Forster /Allsport

4. Spectacular free-kick against Greece
Beckham saved England with a dramatic and magnificent free-kick in the final seconds against Greece, securing a 2-2 draw that meant the side would qualify for the 2002 World Cup.

SAPPORO - JUNE 7: David Beckham (No.7) of England celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the England v Argentina, Group F, World Cup Group Stage match played at the Sapporo Dome in Sapporo, Japan on June 7, 2002. England won the match 1-0. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

5. Redemption against Argentina
England's long-standing rivalry and Beckham's own history with Argentina meant that his game-winning penalty against the South Americans in the group stage of the 2002 World Cup was one of his sweetest memories.

SMANCHESTER - FEBRUARY 19: Portrait of David Beckham of Manchester United with his infamous cut eye during the UEFA Champions League Second Phase Group D match between Manchester United and Juventus held on February 19, 2003 at Old Trafford, in Manchester, England. Manchester United won the match 2-1. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

6. Fergie's flying boot
One of Beckham's most extraordinary incidents came when United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, furious about the team's performance against Arsenal, lashed out at a stray cleat in the locker room and it accidentally flew into Beckham's face.

,MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 17: David Beckham of Real Madrid celebrates with his children Brooklyn, Cruz and Romeo after Real won the Primera Liga title after the match between Real Madrid and Mallorca at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium on June 17, 2007 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

7. Madrid stint ends with championship
Beckham joined Real Madrid in 2003, part of that club's policy of signing the most high-profile player available each summer. However, he had to wait until his final season of 2007 to help the team win the La Liga title, taking a cortisone injection in his damaged ankle to get him through his final game.

MILAN, ITALY - MARCH 14: David Beckham of AC Milan injuried during the Serie A match between AC Milan and AC Chievo Verona at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on March 14, 2010 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

8. World Cup dream shattered
Beckham's hopes of playing in a fourth World Cup in 2010 were ruined while on loan at Italian giant AC Milan just months before the tournament. His Achilles suddenly snapped after an innocuous pass, ruling him out for the summer.

3CARSON, CA - NOVEMBER 20: (L and 2nd from L) Landon Donovan #10 and David Beckham #23 of the Los Angeles Galaxy celebrate in the locker room after defeating the Houston Dynamo 1-0 in the 2011 MLS Cup at The Home Depot Center on November 20, 2011 in Carson, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

9. American adventure brings two titles
Few would have thought Beckham's move to the LA Galaxy could ever have a happy ending after its disastrous beginnings. However, on-field success finally arrived in 2011 as Beckham helped set up Landon Donovan's winning goal as the Galaxy beat the Houston Dynamo to lift the trophy. They followed it with another title, against the same opponent, a year later.

PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 31: International soccer player David Beckham poses with his PSG Football shirt after his PSG signature at Parc des Princes on January 31, 2013 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/Getty Images)

10. Paris affair ends with title
Beckham has never made any secret of his wish to go out a winner and despite only appearing 11 times for Paris St. Germain, he made a good impression in the French capital. PSG had not won the French title for 19 years, but Beckham was part of its triumph, albeit in a supporting role.