The 100 Greatest Athletes of the Complex Decade

30. David Beckham

Sport: Soccer
Bonafides From 2002-2012: 2003 Premier League Champion, 2011 MLS Cup Champion
You cannot talk about soccer without mentioning David Beckham. Whether you're discussing his performance on the pitch (past or present) or his presence in everything from gossip mags to a feature film off of it, Beckham is seemingly everywhere. And while some soccer players see the transition to the MLS as a death wish, the transition has only made Becks even more popular—and successful as he helped lead the L.A. Galaxy win their third MLS Cup in 2011.

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