It seems hard to believe now, but there was a time when a) Posh Spice was more famous than a young footballer called David Beckham, b) their efforts at dressing were laughed at, not copied the world over, and c) Victoria smiled.

On the day that David Beckham announces his retirement, here's a look back at the couple who, together for 16 years, have confounded their critics to become totems of family life, hard work and global brand-dom.

WHO'D HAVE THOUGHT IT???!!!

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