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David Beckham

David Beckham
David Beckham said Wednesday that he wants to leave the Galaxy and stay with AC Milan. (Jeff J Mitchell / Getty Images)
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AC Milan midfielder David Beckham celebrates after scoring against Bologna during a Serie A soccer match on Sunday. (Fabio Muzzi / AFP / Getty Images)
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Midfielder David Beckham sends a pass to a teammate Sunday during his debut with AC Milan. (Vittorio Zunino Celotto / Getty Images)
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David Beckham celebrates with Alexandre Pato after he scored for AC Milan in a Serie A game Sunday against AS Roma. (Ettore Ferrari / EPA)
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David Beckham appears to be fine as he’s doing crunches during an AC Milan training session in Dubai on New Year’s eve. (Getty Images / Getty Images)
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David Beckham attends Game 3 of the 2008 NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers(Noel Vasquez, Getty Images)
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David Beckham is upset at an umpire’s call against San Jose. (Lori Shepler, Los Angeles Times)
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Victoria Beckham with son Romeo.  (Lori Shepler, Los Angeles Times)
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David Beckham gets turned around against San Jose’s Jason Hernandez. (Lori Shepler, Los Angeles Times)
Fan fare
The entourage at David Beckham’s final match for his old team, Real Madrid, last month in Spain include his mother Sandra, lower left, wife Victoria, holding son Cruz, Tom Cruise and his wife, Katie Holmes, Beckham’s sister Joanne and another son, Romeo. (Juan Carlos Hidalgo / EPA)
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David Beckham practices Monday at the Home Depot Center. It was Beckham’s first day practicing with the Galaxy. Beckham suffered an ankle injury in a European Championship qualifier on June 6 and it flared up again on June 17 in his final game with Real Madrid. He might be sidelined for Saturday’s exhibition match with England’s Chelsea. (Wally Skalij / LAT)
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David Beckham and Galaxy teammate Cobi Jones take a break during practice Monday at the Home Depot Center. (Wally Skalij / LAT)
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David Beckham relaxes during practice Monday, his status is day to day because of a swollen and sore left ankle. (Wally Skalij / LAT)
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“His ankle is quite swollen,” Galaxy Coach Frank Yallop said Monday of David Beckham’s left ankle. His debut might be delayed until after Saturday’s match with Chelsea. (Wally Skalij / LAT)
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Fans hold a sign for David Beckham at the Home Depot Center on Monday. (Wally Skalij / LAT)
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ESPN will use 19 cameras to track David Beckham if he plays Saturday for the Galaxy against Chelsea. (Wally Skalij / LAT)
Becks and Posh
David Beckham and his wife Posh Spice prepare for a quick getaway after facing a horde of photographers at LAX Thursday night. (Wally Skalij / LAT)
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This photo released by Adidas America shows soccer star David Beckham, left, wearing the New Orleans Saints football uniform of Reggie Bush, right, as Bush wears Beckham’s Los Angeles Galaxy uniform in Madrid, Spain (AP)
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A David Beckham mural is seen in a window at the Adidas Sport Performance Store in New York City. (Getty Images)
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David and Victoria Beckham arrive at 19 Management’s 19th Anniversary Party held at the Royal Albert Hall in London. (Steve Finn / Getty Images)
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Soccer star David Beckham and his wife, Victoria, arrive for the MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles. (Chris Pizzello / AP)
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David Beckham and wife Victoria Beckham leave the Hassler Hotel as part of Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise’s wedding at Castello Odescalchi in Rome, Italy. (Salvatore Laporta / Getty Images)
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David Beckham and his wife, Victoria, pose on the red carpet at the Laureus World Sports Awards ceremonies at the Casino of Estoril. (Tiago Petinga / EPA)
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Beckham and his wife, former Spice Girl Victoria, arrive at Venice’s Marco Polo international airport. The couple arrived in Italy to present “Intimate Beckham,” their own line of his-and-her fragrances. (Claudio Onorati / EPA)
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Sir Elton John, Posh Spice Victoria Beckham and Sir Elton’s partner David Furnish, from left, arrive at the Art of Barbie Ball at the Natural History Museum, London. The Art of Barbie Ball aims to raise money for the Elton John Aids Foundation. (Peter Jordan / AP)
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Pop star Victoria Beckham and her husband, soccer star David Beckham, arrive for a party hosted by Vogue in New York. The party celebrates the Beckham’s upcoming layout in the magazine. (Chad Rachman / AP)
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Pop star Victoria Beckham, “Posh Spice,” and her husband, soccer star David Beckham, wait to meet the Prince of Wales at the Prince’s Trust Capital FM Party in the Park. Posh Spice made her solo debut at the huge outdoor charity show today in front of 100,000 music fans. She was the last of the Spice Girls to branch out with her own pop career. (Matthew Fearn / AP)
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David Beckham walks with his wife, Victoria, after he received an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) from Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II at London’s Buckingham Palace. The former Manchester United star, who now plays for Real Madrid, said recently, “I am honoured and privileged to receive this recognition. It’s not just for me but for Manchester United, England, all of my teammates and my family.” (Fiona Hanson / AFP)
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David Beckham and his wife, Victoria, arrive at Rome’s Ciampino airport. to attend the wedding of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. (Claudio Onorati / EPA)
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David Beckham and wife Victoria pose at “The David Beckham Academy” launch party at Creative Artists Agency in Beverly Hills. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images)
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David Beckham holds up his new shirt during his presentation by Real Madrid in Madrid, Spain. (Paul White / AP)
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David Beckham in action during the World Cup qualifying soccer match against Austria at Old Trafford in Manchester, England. (Alastair Grant / AP)
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David Beckham salutes after beating Deportivo in a Spanish League soccer match at Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid, Spain. (Bernat Armangue / AP)
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David Beckham waves to fans during a promotional event in Tokyo. (David Guttenfelder / AP)
Still near the top?
Bob Bradley, interim coach of the U.S. men’s soccer team, estimates that Beckham is about 80% of the player he was at his peak. (Philippe Desmazes AFP/Getty Images)
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Beckham takes a free kick against China during their friendly match which Madrid won. (EPA)
English player David Beckham before a match on May 9 (Victor Lerena/AP Photo)
English player David Beckham before a match on May 9, 2006. (Victor Lerena/AP Photo)
Forward thinking
David Beckham, working with youngsters at Home Depot Center, says he wanted to open a soccer academy in the U.S. because he is intrigued by the sport’s potential for growth. (Ken Hively / LAT)
Pipe dream
David Beckham at a promotion for the soccer academy. (Ken Hively / LAT)
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Beckham gestures following a tackle during the Carranza trophy match for the 3rd place, in Cadiz, southern Spain. (EPA)
Beckhams have new son
Soccer star David Beckham and wife Victoria are pictured in 2003 when Beckham received the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) from Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II. (Fiona Hanson AFP/Getty Images)
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Arriving to a press conference
Real Madrid’s David Beckham, center, arrives at a news conference after a training session at the Hongta Sport complex in Kunming, southern China. Real Madrid is in China as part of an exhibition soccer tour including Japan and Hong Kong. (AP/Domenico Stinellis)
Beckhams to host christening party
Soccer player David Beckham and wife Victoria. (Tim Ockenden / AP)
David and Victoria Beckham as Joseph and Mary
Wax figures of international soccer star David Beckham and his wife, Victoria, pose as Joseph and Mary within the celebrity nativity scene at Madame Tussauds museum in London on Dec. 8. (AFP/Getty Images/Jim Watson)
Nativity scene at Madame Tussauds
The celebrity nativity scene at Madame Tussauds in London features David and Victoria Beckham as Joseph and Mary; British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Prince Philip and President George W. Bush as the Wise Men; Samuel L. Jackson, Hugh Grant and Graham Norton as the Shepards and pop star Kylie Minogue as the Angel. (AFP/Getty Images/Jim Watson)
Artist’s image of Beckham
Artist’s image of Beckham
This image of artwork entitled “Posh and Becks” by artist David Mach was inspired by soccer star David Beckham. Artwork created by Britain’s top artist will be auctioned at Christie’s to benefit the National Deaf Childrens Society. The featured artists had a free reign to interpret Beckham through their artwork and have produced a unique collection of sculptures, paintings and photographs. (NDCS/Getty Images)
Beckham book goes paperback
Beckham book goes paperback
Real Madrid and England soccer star David Beckham poses for pictures at the launch of a paperback version of his book “My Side” at Waterstone’s bookstore in Manchester, England, on Oct. 5. (AP/Jon Super)
Sleeping like Beckham
Sleeping like Beckham
A woman looks at a video of England and Real Madrid soccer star David Beckham sleeping on display at the National Portrait Gallery in London on April 27. (AP/Adam Butler)
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English soccer star David Beckham and his wife, Victoria, in London in May 2003. (AP/PA)
Beckham book up for award
Beckham book up for award
England and Real Madrid soccer player David Beckham’s autobiography has been shortlisted for the ‘Book of the Year,” top prize at this year’s British Book Awards. It will compete with works from the likes of J.K. Rowling, Whitbread Award winner Mark Haddon and the controversial memoir by Princess Diana’s former butler. Paul Burrell. (AP/Richard Lewis)
Balance it like Beckham
Balance it like Beckham
English soccer star David Beckham shows his skill in controlling a football during a visit in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP photo by Apichart Weerawong)
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