David Beckham

Born:  1975

Occupation: Footballer

Challenges overcome: OCD / Dyslexia

Successes, Achievements & Awards:

David Beckham is now a retired English footballer. He has played for Manchester United, Preston North End, Real Madrid, Milan, Los Angeles Galaxy, Paris Saint-Germain, and the England national team for which he holds the appearance record for an outfield player.

David Beckham  was the first English player to win league titles in four countries, England, Spain, the United States and France. He announced his retirement at the end of the 2012–13 season on 16 May 2013 from professional football and on 18 May 2013, played the final game of his 20-year career. Beckham was the first English player to win League titles in four countries.

David Beckham was captain of England Football Team for six years. Beckham’s professional career began with Manchester United, where he made his first-team debut in 1992 aged 17. With United, Beckham won the Premier League title six times, the FA Cup twice, and the UEFA Champions League in 1999. He then played four seasons with Real Madrid, winning the La Liga championship in his final season with the club.

In July 2007 Beckham signed a five-year contract with Major League Soccer club LA Galaxy. While a Galaxy player, he spent two loan spells in Italy with Milan in 2009 and 2010. Beckham was the first British footballer to play 100 Champions League games. Renowned for his range of passing and bending free-kicks, he has twice been runner-up for FIFA World Player of the Year, and in 2004 he was named in the FIFA 100 list of the world’s greatest living players. Consistently ranked among the sport’s highest earners, in 2013 Beckham was listed as the best paid player in the world, earning over $50 million in the previous 12 months. In international football, Beckham made his England debut on 1 September 1996, at the age of 21.

He was captain for six years during which he played 58 times. He made 115 career appearances in total, appearing at three FIFA World Cup editions (1998, 2002 and 2006) and two UEFA European Championship tournaments (2000 and 2004). He has been married to Victoria Beckham, former Spice Girl vocal band member, since 1999, and they have four children. Beckham’s eldest son Brooklyn currently plays football.

Challenges Overcome

David has OCD and Dyslexia, but has not let them stop him from getting on with life. Beckham’s OCD manifests itself in a need for symmetry. In an interview he said, “I’ve got this obsessive compulsive disorder where I have to have everything in a straight line or everything has to be in pairs. I’ll put my Pepsi cans in the fridge and if there’s one too many then I’ll put it in another cupboard somewhere.” “I’ll go into a hotel room and before I can relax, I have to move all the leaflets and all the books and put them in a drawer. Everything has to be perfect.”

Disability Definitions

OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a disorder of the brain and behaviour. OCD involves both obsessions and compulsions that take a lot of time and get in the way of important activities the person values. Its characterised  by intrusive thoughts that produce uneasiness, apprehension, fear or worry (obsessions), repetitive behaviours aimed at reducing the associated anxiety (compulsions), or a combination of such obsessions and compulsions.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obsessive–compulsive_disorder www.ocfoundation.org/whatisocd.aspx www.ocduk.org/ocd

Dyslexia Dyslexia, also known as Alexia (a brain disorder affecting the ability to read) or Developmental Reading Disorder, is characterised by difficulties when learning to read and with differing language comprehension despite normal or above-average intelligence. This includes difficulty with phonological awareness, phonological decoding, processing speed, orthographic coding, auditory short-term memory, language skills and verbal comprehension, or rapid naming of objects. Dyslexia only affects some skills and abilities and is not linked to a person’s general level of intelligence.

www.bdadyslexia.org.uk www.dyslexiaaction.org.uk

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