Who would have guessed that David Beckham, the son of a kitchen fitter and a part-time hairdresser, would grow up to become one of the "biggest" players to grace the football field?
A graduate of Tottenham Hotspur's school of excellence, Beckham's fairytale career began at Manchester United.
In his time at Old Trafford, David Beckham became a Red Devil through and through; he was an absolute fan favourite.
He won six Premier League titles with United and was a prominent part of United's treble winning team in 1999.
He eventually left Old Trafford to join Spanish giants Real Madrid in 2003.
He became more than a star in his time at the Santiago Bernabeau. A "superstar," or perhaps even more, Beckham became a brand, an empire. He was worth millions more than your ordinary professional footballer.
He was part of a Galacticos team which also featured Zinedine Zidane, Raul, Luis Figo, Ronaldo, and Roberto Carlos, but much to the dismay of Beckham's supporters, he didn't really win much with Real. The Supercopa triumph in 2003 was the only bit of silverware until Beckham's last season at the club, when they won La Liga.
Though he wasn't an outright success on the pitch, on the financial front, Beckham was absolutely brilliant. Madrid's revenue from sales of merchandise promoted by the former English skipper was remarkably high.
Beckham's international career saw a string of highs and lows. After being sent off against Argentina at World Cup in 1998, he had become a public enemy. But Beckham vowed to hit back and, after another failure at Euro 2000, Beckham was given the captain's armband.
He scored a valiant revenge, scoring the winner which knocked Argentina out of the World Cup in 2002, but Beckham never brought any glory home. Whether it was Euro 2004 or the World Cup in 2006, England fell well short of finish line on both occasions.
Beckham became known as a fashion plate, and together with his wife, Victoria, the couple became lucrative spokespeople sought after by clothing designers, fashion magazines, perfume and cosmetics manufacturers, and hair stylists.
His move to the MLS club the Los Angeles Galaxy was heavily criticised on the footballing front as a step backwards, but it reaffirmed his status as a celebrity. Soon he was no stranger to the glitz and glamour of LA.
He launched his own line of perfumes titled "David Beckham - Instinct" and holds contracts which entitle him to endorse products for well known companies such as Adidas and Pepsi.
Beckham's arrival to the US began a rather strange love-hate relationship between the player and the fans of LA Galaxy.
The MLS, not surprisingly, was delighted to have Beckham on board. As a global phenomenon with a mouthwatering image, Beckham was tipped to set the game alight in America, to bring in new soccer fanatics.
After all, finding a player of Beckham's quality in Major League Soccer is like finding a needle in a haystack.
He was welcomed warmly by the Galaxy faithful, but a year and half later, the story seems to have turned on it's head.
Galaxy ended last season at the bottom of the table and their fans obviously weren't too happy about it.
They hold the enviable duo of Landon Donovan and David Beckham, but the shocking failure was heavily criticised by all linked to the Californian club.
Beckham was keen to revamp his England career and realized Fabio Capello wouldn't bring him back to play for the Three Lions if he sat on his million dollar butt in LA, hence he arranged a short loan deal to Serie A giants, AC Milan, and greatly impressed the Rossoneri.
Playing alongside the likes of Ronaldinho, Andrea Pirlo, Kaka, and Alexandre Pato, Beckham got a feel of some intense Italian football and realized what he had been missing out on in the United States. Hence, he chose to extend his three month loan with the il Diavolo until the end of the season. This meant he would miss the first half of Galaxy's season.
Beckham's decision was met with stiff resentment from the LA Galaxy supporters who began to question his commitment towards the club, and even the players, including Donovan, questioned his "professionalism".
When he returned to Galaxy, the supporters gave him a piece of their mind.
He was constantly booed on his return, he was the subject of verbal abuse, and got tangled in a brawl with some supporters and some heated words were exchanged before security interrupted and pulled the midfielder away.
"Go Home Fraud" is a clear message sent by the Galaxy faithful towards Beckham, and maybe he should.
Poor Old Beckham doesn't have anybody to scratch his back in California.
Face it Beckham!
Your $250 million worth honeymoon with LA Galaxy is as good as over, now set your priorities straight.
The motive behind his move from Madrid to LA was perhaps a more relaxed family life where Posh and the kids could settle, but sacrifices will need to be made if he wants to keep himself in the reckoning for a place in England's squad for South Africa 2010.
He's clearly no longer welcome in LA, so why not move on?
A return to Milan seems the most likely option although Blackburn Rovers, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, and perhaps even Manchester United could provide useful alternates.
"You play with fire, it's gonna burn you!"