King of the world

Soccer rules in England, and David Beckham is bigger than soccer

Updated: March 22, 2013, 11:30 AM ET
By Zev Borow | ESPN The Magazine

This story appeared in ESPN The Magazine's May 27, 2002, issue. Subscribe today!

IF YOU want to feel tall, hang with short people. And if you want to feel okay that you care more about your team than you do about your mom -- or your favorite athlete more than, say, God (or Satan, for that matter) -- jump the pond, real soon, to catch a nation gone stark-raving, bloody mad over a soccer player named David Beckham.

Beckham, of course, is the 27-year-old captain ...

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