Beckham names his worst haircuts and outfits – including one Ferguson hated

David Beckham is one of Manchester United and England’s greatest ever players – yet to many he is better known for his looks.

Beckham is one of the most recognisable faces in the world, thanks to his status from football, marriage to a Spice Girl Victoria and celebrity lifestyle. The former winger was a poster boy throughout his playing career, with his good looks and embracing of the limelight helping to make him an icon.

But while he is a well-known heart-throb, Beckham has also had his fair share of questionable fashion moves over the years. The 47-year-old used to dominate the front pages as much as the back pages during his pomp – and he certainly gave the newspapers plenty of material.

Over the years Beckham toyed with all sorts of haircuts and during a chat with former United team-mate Gary Neville for hisThe Overlap YouTube channelhe has discussed the good, the bad and the ugly. “I always loved the skinhead because it was easy, you didn’t have to do anything with it,” he revealed.

Neville then asked him about the hairstyle which courted the most controversy. “Probably the mohawk,” he replied. “It lasted until the gaffer saw it and then it had to go – he made me shave it in the changing room. And probably the cornrows – do you remember, Nelson Mandela? I had those done in the south of France when I had a glass of rose.”

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Beckham famously had to shave his mohawk off in the dressing room at Wembley Stadium before United's Charity Shield clash with Chelsea in 2000 on Sir Alex Ferguson’s orders. The midfielder had cornrows in 2003 and has previously expressed regret at the timing of the hairdo, which came just before he went to South Africa to meet Mandela.

Neville then quizzed Beckham about his favourite outfit. “I always felt I looked good. I look back now and I’m not sure I did but I always felt I was always wearing the right thing at the time,” he said.

“People always thought Victoria had a big influence over what I was wearing, with hair styles, tattoos or the clothes I was wearing, but I always made the decision of wearing a full leather outfit, or a full denim outfit, or whatever I was wearing at the time. I just loved fashion. I love wearing different things and different clothes and things like that.”

Beckham is now much more suave and conservative with his clothing choices, but back in his heyday he was the paparazzi’s dream, sporting quirky outfits from high-end Parisian catwalk shows. The midfielder sported anything and everything, with a patterned sarong a particularly memorable moment in 1998.

Beckham does not regret his sartorial choices, however, telling ITV morning show Lorraine in 2014 that he’d do it again in a heartbeat. “Sarongs are great,” he said. “That's one thing I never regret because I thought it looked great and I would still wear it now.”

The Overlap is a YouTube channel from Gary Neville in partnership with Sky Bet.

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