David Beckham is a former Manchester United footballer who has played for Real Madrid since 2003. He also captains the England team, and will lead it into the World Cup finals in Germany in June 2006, a month after his 31st birthday on 2nd May. But quite apart from his football prowess, he is a major celebrity away from the game, and his marriage to the former Spice Girl Victoria Adams has contributed to his glamour and renown. His name was searched for on Google more than that of any other sporting personality in 2003 and 2004. Dean Freeman was the sole photographer behind the hugely successful David Beckham 'My World' bestseller, and Dean is credited in the book for the original concept. This is Dean's first David Beckham book since the publication of 'My World' and represents his selection over two and a half years from an amazing archive of exclusive Beckham photographs. Here are over 100 images of a sport and style icon whose talent and good looks continue to have an extraordinary appeal across every generation and continent.
Amy Lawrence has been a football writer at the Observer since 1996. Previously she was an assistant editor at Four Four Two magazine. Amy Lawrence has been a football writer at the Observer since 1996. Previously she was an assistant editor at Four Four Two magazine.