'I want to be remembered as a successful footballer': David Beckham reveals his hopes for his enduring legacy when the final whistle blows
23:59 GMT, 31 July 2012
He is one of England's greatest ever football players but his fame off the pitch has sometimes eclipsed his amazing talent.
Despite having played at some of the world's best clubs David Beckham still worries about how he will be remembered after he kicks a ball for the last time.
The 37-year-old Los Angeles Galaxy star is firmly in the twilight of his career but does not yet look close to retiring from an award winning career.
The man: David Beckham, posing for Esquire magazine, hopes to be remembered as a gifted footballer when he eventually retires
When asked how he wanted to be remembered, he told Esquire magazine: 'Just as a hard-working footballer.
'I want to be remembered firstly as a good and successful footballer because that’s what I’ve done for many years. And then who knows after that'
His work as a model and global fashion icon has made him a household name as much as his ability with a ball, and it has become easier with age.
Cover star: David's off pitch lifestyle sometimes overshadowed his natural talent as one of the world's greatest ever footballers
Heartthrob: David reached the milestone of 20million 'likes' on Facebook, and thanked his fans with this picture
During a glossy photo shoot he told the magazine: 'It’s definitely got easier over the years [taking his clothes off for photo shoots], but when I was in New York, seeing a huge poster [of himself in a pair of briefs] on the side of a building, that was quite daunting.
Style and substance: The September issue of Esquire magazine is out Thursday
'I remember driving past there, and stopping and running out and taking a picture, and this guy walked past me and he was like, 'Oh, my God! Have you seen your dick up there' Something disgusting like that. That was funny.'
David's status as a bona fide celebrity has afforded him to mix with the brightest and best names in the world – he lists future king of England, Prince William as a 'friend'.
He told the magazine: 'It’s a very normal relationship. With Harry as well. They’re very easy to get along with. They love their sport.
'William loves Aston Villa, unfortunately, which obviously I give him a bit of stick about.'
The father-of-four has had many different styles and looks throughout his career but, he is adamant that he never puts on a front.
He said to Esquire: 'What you see, that’s me. And that won’t change. I might not walk around in just my underwear every day, but that’s the only thing [that is different about the private man].
'I don’t try and hide anything. There’s nothing to hide.'
The full interview is available in the Esquire September issue – on sale Thursday 2 August.
Living legend: David, pictured playing against Chelsea, last month, has also played for Manchester United and Real Madrid