His caressed crosses and pinpoint free kicks will live long in the memory - but old Goldenballs wasn't averse to a red card, either.
Who can forget the casually-raised leg, somehow felling Argentina's Diego Simeone in 1998, leading to his vilification and eventual redemption before fans?
- Beckham hangs up his boots
He's been sent off another eight times, including another dismissal for England against Austria, and a recent one for his last club, Paris St Germain.
Here's a reminder: