David Beckham is without doubt one of the world’s most iconic footballers. Even now, years after he has retired his is still one of the biggest names in the game.
Normally when collecting quotes about footballers we look to what other players had to say about them but Beckham transcended the game of football. We have covered plenty of players on this site, but not one of our articles have included a quote from the United States President, but Becks has…
Having said all that, despite all the success, he’s had his detractors over the years, and hasn’t always covered himself in glory with his own quotes but at least they are pretty funny.
Here are 20 of the best quotes from, and about, the legend that is David Beckham!
What they said:
I would be very proud if, one day, I’m held in the same esteem as George Best or David Beckham. – Cristiano Ronaldo
What remains in your memory is his genuine commitment and dedication, his natural humility which he always had, that will stay forever. – Arsene Wenger
His football does not seem to suffer by all of this going on around him. You look at his passing and he makes it look so simple. When he passes the ball, it always seems to go where he wants it to go. That sounds simple, but believe me, it is not. – Graham Taylor
We were looking through his playlist in the dressing room – there was lots of Justin Bieber, Jonas Brothers and Selena Gomez. We were expecting some cool English rock bands and hip hop. It is nice to know that even David Beckham doesn’t have good taste in everything. – Zlatan Ibrahimovic
He can’t kick with his left foot, he can’t head, he can’t tackle, and he doesn’t score many goals. Apart from that, he’s alright. – George Best
Your real ability as a sportsman and as a person shines through when life gets hard and you’re out of nick, the team is faltering and the public is no longer on your side. It is those situations for which David Beckham was born. – Ian Botham
He has a good long-range shot, but he’s not a great player. He doesn’t belong to the superior group of players. There are hundreds of Beckhams playing football all over the world. – Diego Maradona
He was never a problem until he got married. He used to go into work with the academy coaches at night time, he was a fantastic young lad. Getting married into that entertainment scene was a difficult thing – from that moment, his life was never going to be the same. He is such a big celebrity, football is only a small part. – Sir Alex Ferguson
He made every single ounce out of all the ability he had. The way he carried on to the age he played to was outstanding. He kept himself in great shape. He was the best set-piece taker I saw in my time. – Matt Le Tissier
He is tough. It is rare a man can be that tough on the field and also have his own line of underwear. – Barack Obama
What he said:
My career has never been about the money. Wherever I’ve gone I played the sport as I love it. It was never about the money – and it never will be. – He did donate all of his PSG wages to charity. Massive respect Becks!
My parents have been there for me, ever since I was about 7. – No matter what, your family are always there.
I would never complain about the position I’m in or the attention I get. At the end of the day, I’m very lucky to have what I have and do what I do, but I don’t see myself as any different from anyone else who works hard and is a Dad and a Husband.
I just want people to see me as a hard-working footballer and someone who is passionate about the game.
I always wanted to be a hairdresser. – Probably explains the hairstyles
I don’t have time for hobbies. At the end of the day, I treat my job as a hobby. It’s something I love doing.
People react to criticism in different ways, and my way is definitely to come out fighting.
I have nightmares about France 98. It was humiliating. It will always be with me.
As soon as a free kick is given and it’s anywhere near the box, I get excited. I don’t really concentrate what side the keeper is on, because I always think that if I catch it as well as I can, then I can beat him whichever way he goes.
I have always believed that if you want to achieve anything special in life you have to work, work, and then work some more.