The problem with My Side is Beckham himself. He does not wish to give too much away. So a sizeable chunk of the book is devoted to setting the record straight on the many controversies the Manchester United (now Real Madrid) star found himself embroiled in. As a result, one simply goes over old ground that has already been contested and discussed. So for fans who have closely followed Beckham’s career, there is very little by way of new insight on offer. Yes, we are told that the champ was born an ordinary mortal and was brought up in Chingford, London, and did nothing exceptional till he discovered football. There are also mundane details of how he "fell" for Spice Girl Victoria and how he persuaded her to marry him. Juicier nuggets about Beckham’s personal life have appeared in British tabloids, including his sexual preferences. But all this finds no mention in the autobiography. Perhaps, if collaborator Tom Watt had been allowed a freer hand, it would have been more objective. One plus My Side has are the photographs from the family albums. The narrative is racy as it tracks the transformation of Golden Balls from little David to superstar. But one has to be a die-hard Beckham fan to shell out over £12 for the book.
By David Beckham
HarperCollins Price: £12.50; Pages: 404