David Beckham To Leave LA Galaxy: His Best And Worst Moments (PICTURES)

PICTURES: Beckham's Best And Worst Moments

David Beckham's LA Galaxy career will come to an end after next month's MLS Cup match with Houston Dynamo. It will bring to an end a five-year career Stateside which has been short on success on the pitch but high off of it.

Perhaps the player who established the fully-fledged footballer brand, Beckham has grown into one of the United Kingdom's most endearing figures, let alone sportsmen, despite not playing in English football for nearly 10 years. Once upon a time, they used to hang effigies of him...

Harking back to the former England captain's more competitive career in Europe, here are the best and worst moments over a career which began on 23 September in Brighton...


May 1992: Plays in the second leg of the Youth Cup final alongside Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt and Gary Neville as United's latest graduates become the club's first academy side to win the competition since the Busby Babes.

September 1992: Makes his debut for United as a 17-year-old at Brighton & Hove Albion's Goldstone Ground as a substitute for Andrei Kanchelskis in the League Cup.

December 1994: Scores his first United goal against Galatasaray in a 4-0 win.

April 1996: Slots in the winner of the 1996 FA Cup semi-final versus Chelsea at Villa Park.

May 1996: Wins the Premier League and FA Cup with United, taking the pivotal corner which lead to Eric Cantona's winner in the latter against Liverpool.

August 1996: Scores past Wimbledon's Neil Sullivan from the halfway line. "It kicked open the door to the rest of my life," he said in his autobiography.

September 1996: Handed his England debut in the first 1998 World Cup qualifier against Moldova.

May 1996: Having won the PFA Young Player of the year, he wins his second title with United. In March he starts dating Victoria Adams.

June 1998: Scores his first England goal at the 98 World Cup past Colombia with a superb free-kick.

May 1999: Caps off a phenomenal season by winning the Treble with United.

December 1999: Part of the United squad which triumphs over Palmeiras in the Intercontinental Cup in Japan.

May 2000: Wins the Premier League for the fourth time with United.

November 2000: Made England captain for the first time by interim coach Peter Taylor for a friendly in Italy.

February 2001: Confirmed as full-time England captain by new coach Sven-G├Âran Eriksson.

March 2001: Scores the winner in Eriksson's first competitive match against Finland. It is Beckham's first goal for his country since the Colombia free-kick.

May 2001: Wins a third successive league title with United at a canter.

October 2002: Nets a last-minute free-kick against Greece to assure England's qualification to the 2002 World Cup.

June 2002: Hits the winning penalty past Argentina in one of England's greatest World Cup wins in their second group game.

May 2003: Signs off his United career with a goal at Everton as well as a sixth and final Premier League crown.

June 2006: Becomes the first England player to score at three consecutive World Cups when he drops a free-kick in past Ecuador to win the last 16 tie.

June 2007: Wins the Primera Liga with Real Madrid in his final match with the club before leaving for LA.

March 2008: Becomes the fifth player to win 100 England caps after he plays against France in a Parisian friendly.

October 2008: Agrees to join AC Milan, who will become the fifth club he will have played for.

November 2011: Finally lifts silverware in an LA Galaxy shirt after they defeat Houston Dynamo in the MLS Cup.