I’m delighted to share details and the cover image of my forthcoming book on David Beckham.
Beckham : The Making of a Megastar is released later this year with Pitch Publishing. The cover art, I’m sure you’ll agree, is fantastic.
If you have followed my writing over recent years you may have heard me discuss various themes in my writing. When I wrote a biography of Jimmy Murphy the idea was to tell the story of the most important man in Manchester United history. With my recent book on Eric Cantona, it was to do the same with the man I felt was the most important player.
This book on David Beckham will take a look at the mechanics which made him – arguably – the most perfect example of a Manchester United youth product.
Few footballers in history have commanded as much media attention as David Beckham. From the moment he announced himself to the world with a breathtaking goal from the halfway line against Wimbledon in 1996, he became public property. Over the next two years, as he embarked on a relationship with a Spice Girl and was sent off in a crucial World Cup game for England, he was loved and loathed in equal measure. The restoration of brand Beckham saw him installed as England captain and almost universally loved by the time he blazed a trail across the globe with stops in Madrid, Los Angeles, Milan and Paris. But what about the player behind the celebrity? What about the boy born to play for Manchester United – the midfielder who exemplified the idea that dedication and hard work can pay off? Isn’t it time he was celebrated too? Drawing on exclusive interviews with former Beckham team-mates, acclaimed footballer writer Wayne Barton explores Beckham’s contribution as one of the greatest players of his generation.
If you so wish, you can already pre-order here.