Beckham Not in Top 1,000 Premier League Players: Former Player

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
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Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.
May 17, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Beckham not in top 1,000: Chris Waddle, a former winger with clubs including Newcastle United and Sheffield Wednesday, said David Beckham isn’t even among the top 1,000 players in the Premier League.

“I would say he has been a good player, I wouldn’t put him down as a great,” Waddle, 52, told BBC Radio 5 live. “You can go down a list of players from the Premier League or the 70s or 80s, whatever you want to do. I’ll be honest, Beckham probably wouldn’t be in the first 1,000.”

Beckham, the richest soccer player, announced he’s retiring on May 16. Beckham’s legendary career includes  includes six English Premier League titles and two FA Cups.

His international career with England was also remarkable, reaching 115 appearances, the record for an outfield player. He was captain of the England squad for six years, however he failed to win any trophies. Beckham is also considered the wealthiest soccer player, with estimates of his net worth ranging from $191 million to $252 million.

“I think there have been a lot more talented players in the world. But he made the most of what he has got,” said Waddle, who appeared more than 100 times while winning 62 England caps. 

“He has got a terrific image and used it very well,” said Wddle. “He never had a trick, wasn’t particularly quick, but he was very good at set-pieces and deliveries, he made chances and made goals and was fantastic for clubs.”

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.