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27/02/2020 08:09 GMT | Updated 21/09/2020 10:31 BST

David Beckham Reveals He's Held Onto Adorable Souvenir From The First Time He Met Victoria

The pair have been married for 20 years, but the former footballer still has a memento from their first encounter.

David Beckham has showed off his sentimental side after revealing he’s held onto a souvenir from one of the his first times he met his wife, Victoria.

The pair – who celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary last year – first began dating back in 1997, when David was still playing for Manchester United, and Victoria was at the height of her Spice Girls success.

During an interview on Jimmy Fallon’s US talk show, the former footballer looked back on how they first came to meet, saying: “She came to watch me in a game in London with her manager at the time and one of the other Spice Girls, Sporty Spice.

“We knew of them, obviously, because they were pretty big at the time. And I was just establishing myself in the Manchester United team at the time. But we all had our favourite Spice Girl… she was obviously [mine], it might be a bit awkward if [she] wasn’t.”

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David and Victoria back in 1998, a year into their relationship

David then revealed that Victoria travelled back to Manchester to meet him the following week, and admitted he still has a small memento from that time that he’s held onto.

“She’d had a couple of drinks so I decided why not, I’ll try and get her number,” he joked.

“We talked for about an hour in the players’ lounge. She actually got the train up that day so she wrote her number down on her train ticket, which I still have.”

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David and Victoria Beckham at an event last year

Two years after meeting, David and Victoria tied the knot in a lavish ceremony, and have since had four children together.

Earlier in February, three of their four children were pictured in the front row of Victoria’s latest fashion show in London, alongside their father and Vogue editors Edward Enninful and Anna Wintour.

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    Donning a mint coloured suit in the 90s.
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    That famous hair in 1995.
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    David Beckham and then girlfriend Victoria Adams watching the catwalk show of young British designer Antonio Berardi on the first day of London Fashion Week. He's taking it very seriously.
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    Taking style risks with a durag and sleeveless shirt at the Princes Trust Capital Party in the Park 2000, in London. He actually met Prince Charles on this day.
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    Smouldering at the Smoby Monneret table football championship in London.
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    Giving couples the world over style goals at 'Versace Club' gala party in matching leather boiler suits in 1999.
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    David and Victoria Beckham presenting an award in 2001 with matching diamond encrusted cross necklaces. His expression says it all.
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    David and Victoria at the Silver Clef Awards in 2001 matching again in white and cream tones. She clearly approves of his shaved head.
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    Launching a range of Police sunglasses in February 2002 in London. Beckham wears a battered leather jacket, large belt, ripped jeans and... that pose.
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    Switching out a shirt for a V-neck tee on a night out to SoHo House in New York in 2003.
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    This hairstyle seen during the England training in Durban South Africa, 2003, has conversely been included in round ups of the most iconic footballer haircuts of all time and Beckham's most misguided style choices.
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    Still enjoying the crucifixes and the white ensembles at the 2003 MTV Movie Awards.
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    Beckham's hair has earned him a lot of praise over the years, but we think his headwear choices have also been worthy of accolade. He wore this casual suede cap while watching a match between Arsenal and Burnley in the Barclays Premier League 2014.
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    Modelling underwear for H&M and showing off his ever growing tattoo collection in 2015.
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    Suave in a velvet suit at the amfAR Gala Cannes 2017.
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    Rubbing shoulders with the fashion pack. British Vogue Editor Edward Enninful, Victoria Beckham and David Beckham hosting the Christmas Open House hosted with British Vogue in 2017.
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    Representing at the launch of his grooming line HOUSE 99 in February 2018.