The man, the myth, the legend, David Beckham has been a household name in the US since he and his wife, Victoria Beckham, moved here in 2007. Beckham has been touted as fashion icon, a heartthrob, and a soccer star. He is a man of many accomplishments. Today my friends we will look at this evolution through a different lens; we will look at David Beckham’s hair.
In 1995 Beckham gained momentum on the soccer field, becoming a regular for Manchester United. During his first full year of play, Manchester would win both the Premier League and FA Cup double. Beckham’s hair situation was just a grown out version of what he wore in 1993, minus the middle part.
1998 added some gloss to his hair. Beckham went platinum in preparation for Manchester United winning the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League treble in 1999. 1999 was also the year that Beckham and his wife, Victoria Adams, married and welcomed their son, Brooklyn into the world.
Real Madrid tempted Beckham into transferring during the summer of 2003. Beckham also was tempted into trying corn-rows, not a good look in my opinion. Late 2003 brought the release of the tight braids into a much more sensible man bun.
In 2004 he shaved it all again and was named by Pelé to the FIFA 100. This list of 75 retired players and 50 current players chosen for their greatness was created in celebration of FIFA’s 100th anniversary.
2006 brought the return of hair but also Beckham resigning as England’s captain after a loss to Portugal in the World Cup quarter-finals. The end of Real Madrid’s season and a win of the league did bring some pep back to Beckham’s step.
On loan to Milan in 2009, Beckham began to regrow the hair.
2012 brought the return to his undercut days and a second MLS Cup .
In 2013 Beckham would join Paris St Germain eventually winning the Ligue 1 title. This win made him the first English player to win championships in four different countries and would mark his retirement from football .
David Beckham has traversed the world playing soccer, from England to Spain, from Los Angeles to Milan and back again. Both the hair and the kit of this superstar have changed a lot over the years with certain colors and styles bringing more heartbreak. But it is the constant movement that has kept Beckham a focus of today’s society. Looking at the trajectory of this player through his hairstyles may seem superficial but each style is a snapshot in time, marked by its own accomplishments or defeats.
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 Associated Press. 2008. “Beckham to join Milan in January.” BBC Sport, October 30. Accessed April 2, 2016. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/europe/7697377.stm.
 Best Football Players Ever. 2004. “FIFA 100.” http://www.bestfootballplayersever.com/fifa100.php.
 ABC Australia. 2013. “Timeline: the life and career of Beckham.” Last modified May 15. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-05-17/factbox-soccer-david-beckham/4695414.
 Bleacher Report. 2013. “The Evolution of David Beckham’s Hairstyles.” Last modified May 16. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1641901-the-evolution-of-david-beckhams-hairstyles.