David Beckham names Greece free-kick as his best goal ever and then does U-turn

David Beckham stated his infamous free-kick for England against Greece was the best goal he ever scored – only to quickly U-turn and claim his halfway line strike for Manchester United against Wimbledon was his favourite.

The dead-ball magician has accumulated a significant portfolio of spectacular goals during the course of his career which also saw him play for LA Galaxy, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain. But he initially stated his finest ever goal was the free-kick that rescued England and saw them qualify for the 2002 World Cup.

Beckham whipped a spellbinding 30-yard free-kick past the stranded goalkeeper and into the top right hand corner of the net. Yet, he very quickly changed his mind and put his halfway line strike against Wimbledon in the 1996 Premier League season at the top of his list.

“Greece, the goal against Greece,” Beckham said when asked on The Overlap by Gary Neville. However, his surprised former United teammate quickly responded “not the half-way line goal?”

Almost surprised his sensational goal had slipped his mind, Beckham changed his mind almost immediately. “Actually I forgot about that one, yeah that one,’ Beckham laughed.

Neville also agreed with the now Inter Miami owner, suggesting the Wimbledon strike “put him on the map” when he was just a 21-year-old prospect at United. Beckham contributed 85 goals and 109 assists in 388 appearances for the Red Devils.

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He also hammered home 17 penalties and 42 assists in 115 international caps for England, but very few have been as famous or important as his free-kick against the Greeks. At the time, a humiliating failure to qualify for the 2002 World Cup appeared to be on the cards, as the Three Lions trailed Greece 2-1.

But with the game well into stoppage time, Beckham stepped up to curl a 93rd minute free-kick into the corner, to send the Three Lions into the finals in South Korea and Japan. Five years previously, his 50-yard effort on the first day of the 1996-97 Premier League season established him as a global superstar.

While it did not carry the same importance as his strike for England, the sheer distance, accuracy, and shock made the goal just as, if not, more iconic.

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