David and Posh appear on the cover of W with a set of steamy photos – just in time for their move to America. In the interview, they talk about their big move and their new home, while David reminisces about first meeting his wife in 1997. "I fancied her," but he was too reserved to make a move. "I'm quite shy. I sort of said hello and then just went back to Manchester," he says. "I was quite upset."
Weeks after scoring his first goal as an L.A. Galaxy player, Beckham receives disappointing news that he will now be out for about six weeks with a sprained ligament in his knee. The midfielder, who previously nursed an injured ankle that cost him playing time, says, "It's disappointing and frustrating at the moment."
The soccer phenom lends his face (and abs!) to Emporio Armani, stripping down to his underwear. But his mum doesn't approve. "I had to try and explain it to her and it didn't go down that well," Beckham, 32, tells Jay Leno on the Tonight Show. Regardless, he strips down again in the spring.
After more than 20 years, Beckham announces his retirement from professional soccer, calling his most recent season with Paris Saint-Germain his last. "I feel now is the right time to finish my career, playing at the highest level," he says in a statement. "If you had told me as a young boy I would have played for and won trophies with my boyhood club Manchester United, proudly captained and played for my country over one hundred times and lined up for some of the biggest clubs in the world, I would have told you it was a fantasy. I'm fortunate to have realized those dreams."
BIOGRAPHY (top to bottom): STEVEN KLEIN/W MAGAZINE; Carrie Devorah/WENN; Photo by: Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott; Courtesy Victoria Beckham; AKM-GSI