Data Visualisation

David Beckham's career free-kicks, visualised

The former Man Utd and Real Madrid star has transcended football due to his fame, but on the pitch, few could manipulate dead balls better

 
12:00pm on Friday 25th December 2020
By
Marius Fischer

David Beckham is one of the most famous footballers of all time both for his work within the game and his extreme fame away from it.

It is easy to forget just how good Beckham was, particularly from crossing and dead-ball situations.

He was a striker's dream with his deliveries, but when a set-piece was in shooting distance, goalkeepers knew a precise, whipped effort was incoming.

We've teamed up with football analyst Marius Fischer, known as @Gegenpressing91 on Twitter, who has worked his magic with Microsoft Excel to map out all Beckham's scored free-kicks in his career.

Marius says:

"The quote "Overrated by non-football-fans, underrated by football fans” sums up David Beckham's career.

"The English midfielder was the first real “off-the-pitch-poster-boy” in football. Still, his performances on the pitch were world-class too.

"He was able to put so much curve on the ball that people invented the slogan 'Bend it like Beckham' for him.

"He did not just score and assist from set-pieces frequently but also produced long-range goals from near the halfway line like his screamer against Wimbledon - a goal which put him on the map.

"Beckham was able to bring the ball up and down from all type of ranges and angles and always aim towards exact corners of the goal with it.

"So it was only logical that his arguably most famous goal came from an injury-time free-kick for England against Greece that sent the Three Lions to the World Cup and changed the image of Beckham among football fans forever."

Not only is Beckham one of the most respected players ever in Europe, but he is credited with catalysing an interest in Major League Soccer throughout the world following his move to LA Galaxy.

Latest news

Predicted XI

Front three good to go - How Liverpool could line up in Merseyside derby against Everton

Jurgen Klopp has several injury concerns, but his first choice front three of Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota, and Sadio Mane are fit to play.

  • 5 hours
Predicted XI

Lukaku back in the starting XI? - How Chelsea could line up against Watford

Romelu Lukaku hasn't started a game for Chelsea since his injury against Malmo in the Champions League, but he could be handed a start against Watford

  • 5 hours
Predicted XI

Grealish and De Bruyne unavailable - How Man City could line up against Aston Villa

Jack Grealish looks set to miss his return to Villa Park having been absent from the past three matchday squads through injury

  • 5 hours
Predicted XI

Bale and Hazard still out - How Real Madrid could line up against Athletic Bilbao

Carlo Ancelotti will once again be without his two big name wingers, and will turn to the in-form Vinicius Junior to provide from the flanks

  • 6 hours
Standings

La Liga Table: Real Madrid go four points clear with Sevilla win

Real Madrid go four points clear at the top of La Liga after beating Sevilla on Sunday, while Xavi continued his good start at Barca.

  • 23 hours
European Golden Shoe

European Golden Shoe 2021/22: Lewandowski still leads but Haaland returns with a bang

Robert Lewandowski has scored the most goals from Europe's top five leagues so far this campaign

  • 1 day

Most read