Ballet like Beckham: My early life in knickerbockers, long socks and ballet shoes
(dailymail.co.uk) - Former England football captain David Beckham has revealed that his taste for extravagant clothes started at an early age.
In an interview to be broadcast on BBC Radio 2 on Christmas Day, the LA Galaxy star said that as a young page boy he chose to wear knickerbockers, long socks and ballet shoes in preference to a suit.
"My dad gave me a little bit of stick, but I was happy," he said.
Beckham answered questions from listeners on a variety of subjects ranging from his relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United to playing under new England coach Fabio Capello at Real Madrid and even his family's footballing skills.
Of his son Brooklyn's talents, Beckham said: "He's got a great strike on him, a great right foot, and he kept the ball up 64 times.
"Eight years old, it's pretty good!"
His popstar wife Victoria, though, is "not great at goalkeeping", but "she hasn't really got a choice there.
"The boys all just tell her to go in goal and then just kick balls at her."
The 32-year-old told presenter Kate Thornton that scoring the winning penalty against Argentina in the 2002 World Cup was a defining moment in his career, a moment of redemption after being vilified by the fans for his sending off against the same side four years earlier.
"For me, it was the best and biggest thing that I could've ever done in my career at that time," he said. "The moment the ball struck the back of the net, funnily enough, my mind went clear, everything that I was thinking, everything that I had gone through.
"I knew how much it meant for me to score that goal for my family, and of course for the fans, because the rivalry against Argentina is huge."