May 2, 1989
This is an article from the May 27, 2013 issue
Signs with Manchester United, the team his family supports, on his 14th birthday. He makes his debut at age 17 (left).
June 30, 1998
Gets sent off for kicking Diego Simeone of Argentina as England loses in the World Cup round of 16. The Daily Star headline reads WHAT AN IDIOT.
Aug. 21, 1998
News that his soon-to-be wife, Victoria Adams, is pregnant prompts bookmaker William Hill to offer odds of 10,000 to 1 against the baby's ever being sent off against Argentina.
Oct. 6, 2001
Scores the most memorable goal of his career, a 30-yard swerving free kick in the 93rd minute to tie Greece 2--2 and send England to the 2002 World Cup.
Aug. 30, 2003
Scores two minutes into his regular-season debut with Real Madrid, two months after being sold to the Spanish giants for $41 million.
Jan. 11, 2007
Announces he will join the Galaxy in a deal that gives him a cut of jersey sales and ticket revenue. The team sells 5,000 season tickets in 48 hours. In his six seasons in MLS, he is estimated to have made $255 million (including endorsements).
Jan. 31, 2013
Signs five-month deal with Paris St. Germain and announces he will donate his salary (approximately $5.1 million) to a local children's charity.