David Beckham the player

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  1. Jun 11, 2019

    TRUERED89 New Member

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    Ronaldo is obviously superior when it comes to scoring and dribbling, but passing and crossing there's not much debate. The set piece GOAT..
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    soaphroniscuss New Member

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    I agree with most of that.

    This is a football forum so I probably shouldn't mention it, but small eyes are generally considered more masculine/attractive and thus those types of eyes are common among male models.
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    ryansgirl Full Member

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    I suppose that's correct. Just saying I think the whole model Beckham thing was over-hyped. I personally don't find eyes that vanish deep into the sockets and look small that attractive on men. It's why if you ask me to choose between the young John Lennon and the young Paul McCartney, handsome though Lennon was I would always choose Paul Mac.

    I did like the Beckham buzzcut look. Now that was very photogenic. It's interesting to see how much Cruz resembles Becks at the same age - a bit gumby-ish but will likely outgrow that. Romeo is a mix of both families and also seems the most mature unlike the oafish Brooklyn who seems to be turning into the archetypal spoilt rich-kid waster.

    Something that was so impressive about Beckham was his will to win and his confidence on the pitch which was never cocky when he first played for the team - it was just the outcome of a young lad who was determined to play for United and was not fazed by it.

    I remember reading somewhere that when he was new to the team, there was some social occasion and he drank milk instead of alcohol. Later some journalist referred to his habit of eating junk food but Beckham seems to have been naturally given a strong constitution. There is no indication his eating habits and staying out late affected his game.
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    Matt007a Full Member

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    What we wouldn't give to have him on our right wing today.

    Best crosser in the history of the game and probably top 5 set piece taker as well. Also the fittest player at United at the time, he had endless stamina up and down that wing and didn't shy away from helping Neville defend the other way.
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    ryansgirl Full Member

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    I'd say he and Keano were both the fittest players at that time. Yet they also managed to make the ball do a lot of the work as well. God, we were so lucky then and maybe didn't sometimes appreciate fully what we were seeing.
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    jesperjaap Full Member

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    Disagree. Think the pr machine had over taken the football performances, I agree there....but that was the publicity machine and not the football being past his peak. I think Ferguson didn tlike the PR and Beckham fo rthe first time had serious competition in SOlkjear who was performing superbly at right wing, probably his peak time at the club. But I dont think the performances of Beckham were any weaker, just the eye on them
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    Devils11 New Member

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    I have watched Utd for 30+ years now. He wasn't really that good of crosser. He wasn't even the assigned deadball taker in the first team. You can't really quote his assists because he had played the games for over 20 odd years. In fact his shooting was also not that good. Lee Sharpe or Nani has better crossing and shooting than him. But Giggs was so dangerous with his pace and running at players with our many counter attacks in the 90s.
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    Red Devil's Advocate New Member

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    The guy who made me fall in love with United, 17 years ago. Very underrated, even by the fans. Look at those pass and cross montages, and those finishes. Picked Nistelrooy and Ronaldo from miles away, and that ball would loop and land as if it were laser guided, every f***ing single time.
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    Saffron New Member

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    Beckham never played a single game with Ronaldo.
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    roonster09 Correctly predicted France to win World Cup 2018 Scout

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    I think he meant Brazilian Ronaldo.
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    soaphroniscuss New Member

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    "Thicc" Ronaldo :drool:
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    GifLord The gif that keeps on giffing

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    VeevaVee despite the protests, wears Ugg boots Scout

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    One of his the best passes ever was to Ronaldo.
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    vangagal Full Member

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    Jeez. You never see the original Ronaldo played, dont you?
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    Luke1995 Full Member

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    How good was him as a youngster ? Say, until 1996 or 1997 ? Giggs and Scholes were sent into the team in the early nineties while Becks didn't get a full season until 1995, I always find that weird
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    His crossing ability is absolutely beautiful and his free-kicks as well. I feel nostalgia when I think of David Beckham. Great player as well.
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    AfroBuffalo New Member

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    Was a baller, played class at Madrid too
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    2cents Full Member Scout

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    Nah, Scholes broke through same time as Beckham really. Butt and G. Neville slightly earlier, Giggs a few seasons earlier.
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    Saffron New Member

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    Of course I watched thicc Ronaldo. How could you miss him?

    What’s interesting about Becks is he almost always used to hit the ball with the inside of his foot. Which gave him greater accuracy, but it’s not normal to be able to generate that much force with the inside. That’s why he raised his left arm so much - for counter balance.

    Genius, really.
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    Devils11 New Member

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    Becks was on loan at lower divison early of his career (was it Bolton?). After the disappointing 1995 season when we lost the league and FA cup final, Fergie sold Ince, Hughes and Kanchelskis. He choose to entrust the youth team players ( Becks, Scholes, Butt, Nevilles) instead of buying star players. Of course the kids had Hansen eating his own words and we won the Double 1996.

    But it was 1996-97 season where he really came to life, fully established himself in the right midfield. His 60y goal on the opening day was a taste of things to come. He got his first England cap and voted Young player of the season.

    Disaster strike at the 1998 world cup when he was sent off stupidly vs Argentina and England were eliminated. He was crucified by the media and fans all over the country and became the target of criticism and verbal abuse around the grounds. He could had easily given up and ask for a move out of the country. But he didn't. Then 1999 happened.

    1999 was perhaps the pinnacle of Becks career. His outstanding performances throughout the season was recognised by his peer when his was voted 2nd place in both the Ballon d'Or and World Player of the Year( i guess many of you didn't know right? ).

    And his villians to hero act was completed when he score in injury time with his trademark freekick to secure a place in the 2002 World Cup vs Greece in England's final qualifying game.

    His ability to play his games at the highest standard amid all those immense pressures and critics partly because of his celebrity status has to be commended. ( He was often judge twice as much as Giggs or Scholes. If he had a poor game and everyone would be saying Becks is distracted so and so...) One of the best players the game have ever seen, arguably the best crossers of all time.
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    Luke1995 Full Member

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    Very interesting read, I couldn't really follow his career that much, certainly his celebrity didn't help public perception but he was very hard working even in his latter years. While most players retire from international duty in their early thirthies he was still trying to play a world cup at 35, such a shame he got injured just before the call-up. Some even thought he should have gone to Olympics in 2012. We badly need someone with half of his ability to cross a ball...
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    Now, now... I love Becks, but right foot better than er.. Zidane, Ronaldhino.. Ronaldo.. his was no worst, but not 'better'.
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    Jeffthered Full Member

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    As I said, I absolutely love Becks. But this is nonsense.

    He would not get even get into a best of Machester United squad from the last 50 years (and I appreciate that would be a hell of a squad by the way..).

    David Beckham was a briliant player at times, a match-winner, goal-scorer, intelligent player, hungry, hard-working. Seek out a video of a goal that Andy Cole scored away at Coventry. Beckham's role in that goal, to me (alongside his outstanding ability to manipulate a football...) captures everything that I loved about the guy. But he was a limited player. Alongside Scholes, Keane and Giggs, he would (for me..) always trail in fourth.

    But he lost his way with the PR machine, and had to go. CR7 followed him, and in a way, it was good for football that this happened, because the whole football world was getting far too carried away with the Beckham hype machine.
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    Gazza Full Member

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    Becks lost something in his game when he started developing upper body strength and filled out a bit. To me, he lost mobility when he did that and that was also the time he started talking about wanting to play more centrally.
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    AKDevil Full Member

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    That’s my point. There have been better right footed players like those three but theirs not as good as his. Think Beckham and you quite literally think what he did purely with his right foot. The others, different things. If I wanted a ball put on spot, Becks one of first players that comes to mind.
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    Devils11 New Member

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    Ironically, it was his commitment to England International cause as Captain that was the catalyst for his fallout with Fergie. Fergie was very furious when Becks play in 2002 world cup, barely recovering from his broken metatarsal. He was adamant Becks should be resting for the summer and getting fit for the new season instead he came back unfit.

    Later that same season, Becks was sideline with an injury during the international week and the England squad was invited to Buckingham Palace to meet the Queen, something that Becks would never missed in his life. What should be the proudest moment of his life soon turn into the worst when he return to Old Trafford. Fergie berated him for turning up at London and question his loyalty to United.

    It was the start of the end of his career right up to the boot kicking incident where Becks refuse to apologise for his poor performance. Fergie made his mind up there and then, Becks is getting out of hand and have to be sold.

    In terms of abilities and influences, he right up there with the likes of Cantonas and Keanos. He was the star from 96 to 99. Scholes only truly shine after 2000 when he play in midfield . No doubt if Becks had stay at Utd throughout his career, he would be appreciated more by some of the fans.
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