Video: Birthday boy David Beckham's best goals

GMF celebrates birthday of former Manchester United & Real Madrid star David Beckham

Will Haine
Published 02/05/2013 11:49 by Will Haine, read by 10,036 people.

A very happy birthday to David Beckham, who turns the ripe old age of 38-years-old on May 2. 

Beckham has enjoyed almost 20 years playing at the highest level and, impressively so, his hunger for the game show no signs of abating as he relishes his latest challenge with Paris Saint-Germain.

Despite his advanced years, the former England captain is still going strong among the elite of European football, and has been earning praise for the impact he has had with PSG.

"He's been a breath of fresh air. The club have made it clear that they'd like him to stay," PSG assistant manager Paul Clement told beIN Sport.

"Everyone was excited when they knew he was coming because he had a fantastic rep as a pro and a man, and great quality on the field still," Clement told beIN Sport.

"He gets on with everyone - first out to training, the last one back in, a real enthusiasm for the game.

"You know after 20 years of playing at the top level, he still loves his football and hopefully he'll be able to continue for a little bit longer.

"He's made it clear that's he's going to have a think about it at the end of the season, talk to his family, see how his body feels.

"If he feels fresh I'm sure he'll continue."

High praise indeed for a man who could have ended his playing days several years ago, having earned enough money over the course of his illustrious career to guarantee a comfortable retirement.

Beckham may not be able to influence proceedings on the pitch in the way he was able to during his Manchester United and Real Madrid pomp, during which time he contributed far more frequently in front of goal, but his able to affect the team in other ways.

The veteran midfielder's highest season tally came for Manchester United during the 2001-02 campaign, during which he found the net 16 times in all competitions - although it ultimately ended in failure for the Red Devils.

Beckham may have been unable to reach those individual heights in the seasons succeeding, but he still retains a penchant for the spectacular - and scored a number of stunners for LA Galaxy only last term.

With this in mind, and to mark the birthday of England's record outfield appearance maker, GMF remembers some of the finest strikes from his trophy-laden career…

vs Wimbledon, 1996

vs Real Madrid, 2000

vs Greece, 2001

vs Birmingham City, 2002

vs Portland Timbers, 2012

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