#2 Manchester United 4-3 Real Madrid, Champions League QFs April 23, 2003
Before his famed move to join the ranks of Real’s Galacticos, an out-of-favour Beckham showed his class by nearly knocking out Madrid in a 4-3 win at Old Trafford. With United trailing by a goal, he came on in the second half and scored a sumptuous free-kick from 28-yards out which left Iker Casillas rooted to the spot.
Always the man for the big occasions, he would go on to score another goal even as Manchester United went out 6-5 on aggregate, courtesy of a masterclass by Brazilian striker, Ronaldo.
Though Beckham would later go on to score more goals for both the clubs, he described his free-kick against Real as “my best free-kick ever in a Man United shirt”.Published 21 Apr 2017, 18:50 IST