HIGH - Manchester United take Beckham on as a trainee in 1991. Makes his debut in 1992 and is part of the side that wins the FA Youth Cup, before signing a professional contract in 1993.
HIGH - In 1996 helps United win the Premiership and FA Cup double.
HIGH - Scores stunning goal on opening day of the 1996-97 season at Wimbledon, lobbing goalkeeper Neil Sullivan from the halfway line.
HIGH - Makes his debut for England in 3-0 World Cup qualifying win in Moldova in September 1996.
HIGH - Collects another championship winners' medal in May 1997.
HIGH - Wins PFA Young Player of the Year award for 1997.
LOW - Has bullets with his name carved on them sent to him through the post. Also complains to police that he has been targeted by a mysterious stalker.
HIGH - Picked for Glenn Hoddle's 1998 World Cup squad.
LOW - Left out of the starting line-up for England's opening two World Cup matches against Tunisia and Romania, as Hoddle says he is "unfocused''.
HIGH - Recalled for third match against Colombia and scores his first England goal from a free-kick.
LOW - Sent off in second-round match against Argentina for a retaliatory kick against Diego Simeone. England go out on penalties.
HIGH - Helps United complete the treble of FA Cup, Premier League title and Champions League.
HIGH - Collects his fourth championship winner's medal in May 2000.
HIGH - Made England captain for the November 2000 friendly with Italy by stand-in boss Peter Taylor.
HIGH - New England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson appoints Beckham as captain for his first match.
HIGH - Collects another Premiership title with Manchester United in May 2001.
HIGH - Scores last-minute free-kick equaliser in 2-2 draw against Greece in October which ensures England's World Cup qualification.
HIGH - Voted BBC's 2001 Sport Personality of the Year in December.
HIGH - Runner-up behind Luis Figo for World Footballer of the Year award.
HIGH - Makes rapid recovery from foot injury to feature in the World Cup for England, scoring a penalty winner against Argentina before a quarter-final defeat by Brazil.
LOW - Suffers gash above his eye amid reports the injury was caused accidentally by a boot kicked by boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
HIGH - United lift Premiership trophy at Everton.
HIGH - Ends 11-year association with United in July 2003 for a dream move to Real Madrid.
LOW - Misses England's first penalty in a quarter-final shoot-out defeat to Euro 2004 hosts Portugal.
LOW - Criticised for deliberate foul on Ben Thatcher in World Cup qualifier against Wales which earns him a suspension for a trip to Azerbaijan.
HIGH - Involved in London's successful bid for the 2012 Olympic Games.
HIGH - At the 2006 World Cup he scores from a free-kick against Ecuador but limps out of the quarter-final against Portugal through injury and breaks down in tears on the bench.
LOW - A day after England are knocked out of the World Cup, an emotional Beckham announces he has stepped down as captain.
LOW - Beckham not included in Steve McClaren's first squad as England manager.
LOW - Frozen out by Real Madrid coach Fabio Capello after agreeing to move to Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy in January 2007.
HIGH - Works hard in training and is restored to the Real side by Capello. Real go on to win league title.
HIGH - Recalled to the England squad for the first time since stepping down as their captain for first match at the new Wembley Stadium against Brazil.
LOW - Collects his 99th cap against Croatia, setting up a goal for Peter Crouch, but England suffer a 3-2 defeat at Wembley and fail to qualify for Euro 2008.
LOW - Left out of England coach Capello's first squad for friendly match against Switzerland in February 2008.
HIGH - Wins 100th cap in England's 1-0 friendly defeat to France in Paris in March 2008.
HIGH - Becomes England's most-capped outfield player, picking up a 109th cap against Slovakia.
LOW - Ruled out of the 2010 World Cup after suffering an Achilles injury during loan spell at AC Milan.
LOW - Capello announces on August 11 2010 that Beckham is probably too old to play a role for the national team in the future.
HIGH - Wins the MLS Cup as the Galaxy beat Houston Dynamo 1-0 in the final in November 2011.
HIGH - Prolongs his career stateside by signing a two-year contract extension with the Galaxy in January 2012.
LOW - Beckham reveals he has been left out of Team GB's squad for the Olympic Games.
HIGH - After joining Paris St Germain,. he helps the club to the Ligue 1 title.