Today’s #TBT sports blog recalls the Beckhams.
At one time, the Beckham couple was one of the sports and entertainment world’s most recognized celebrity pairs. Ironically, the two also cornered the market on aromatic, flavorful nicknames.
Known as Posh Spice of the all-girl British pop vocal group the Spice Girls, Victoria Beckham sang, danced and jiggled her way to global stardom during the 1990s.
During the same time period, David Beckham emerged as one of the most celebrated soccer players on the planet. Because of his marriage to Posh Spice, he unwittingly acquired the tongue-in-cheek nickname Spice Boy.
Beckham also easily bends his flowery nickname into the #5 spot in Favorite Sports Nicknames – available from Amazon for only 99 cents.
Victoria Beckham first called her husband Spice Boy during a 2007 CNN interview with talk show host Larry King. The cajoling and not entirely flattering Spice Boy nickname stuck, much to David Beckham’s chagrin. The nickname picked up additional steam from a public who’d grown weary of the ever pouting boorishness of Beckham’s wife Victoria.
While Victoria Beckham’s ostentatious behavior riled the media and fans, her husband’s actions – especially on the soccer pitch – captivated sports fans.
Now one of the most marketable athletes in the world, Spice Boy David Beckham has earned his athletic stripes while cultivating a loyal global following during his professional soccer career.
Once Major League Soccer’s highest paid player with the Los Angeles Galaxy, Beckham proved that he wins wherever he plays.
The Brit has won two MLS Cups with the Galaxy and a La Liga Championship with Real Madrid. He also took six English Premier League titles, two FA Cups and the 1999 UEFA Champions League crown with Manchester United. While at Man U, Beckham’s brilliance shined brightly. In 265 appearances, he found the back of the net 62 times and assisted on another 152 goals.
The consummate team player also captained the English National Team and scored 17 goals in 115 international appearances. His tenure with the team also included two World Cups.
World sentiment may not completely endorse both members of the British power couple who reside in “Beckhamham Palace” when spending time in their native England.
However, sports fans around the world, and those possessing a strong desire to bend a soccer ball with pinpoint accuracy, embrace David Beckham as one of the world’s best footballers – even with the cheeky nickname – Spice Boy.
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