David Beckham turns 40 today (2 May) and with such a long career in the public eye, it's actually hard to believe that he can still be so young! The OBE holder not only had a 20-year-long football career but alongside that has created his own sports academy, dabbled in professional modelling, been involved in charity work and become a father to four children!

So, seeing as it's a big day for Beckham, IBTimes UK takes a look back at tiny portions of the iconic sports personality's eventful life in pictures, to celebrate his birthday.

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Beckham first started playing for team Manchester United when he was just 18-years-old.Mark Thompson/Getty
Nelson Mandela, David Beckham
The footballing icon has experimented with many different hairstyles over the years.Reuters
David Beckham and Victoria Beckham
In 2003, Beckham sported another questionable hairstyle!Kazuhiro Nogi/Getty
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David Beckham captained for England for six years throughout his football career.Alex Livesey/Getty
English football superstar David Beckham received the BBC Sports Personality Lifetime Achievement award in the 2010 BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards.
A celebrated sportsman, Beckham received the BBC Sports Personality Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2010 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards.
Soccer star David Beckham and his wife Victoria arrive at Westminster Abbey before the wedding of Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton, in central London
He's such a big name that he even attended the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011, with wife Victoria BeckhamReuters
Soccer player and London 2012 Olympic Games ambassador David Beckham reacts after lighting the Olympic torch with a cauldron after arriving at RNAS Culdrose base near Helston in Cornwall, south west England May 18, 2012.
Soccer player and London 2012 Olympic Games ambassador David Beckham carried the Olympic torch for that year.Reuters
Victoria Beckham and Harper
Beckham first started dating now wife, Victoria in 1997. The pair married two years later.Reuters
Harper and David Beckham
A keen fashion follower, the doting dad holds his youngest child, little Harper Beckham whilst talking to Anna Wintour at 2014's New York Fashion WeekTumblr
David Beckham and Unicef launch children protection fund
The 40-year-old has been a keen fundraiser for numerous charities since his retirement from football. Here he is at Unicef's launch for their Children Protection Fund.
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Most recently, Beckham has delved into the world of modelling, with some of his most iconic spreads being for his H&M underwear range.Eduardo Parra/Getty
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Beckham with wife Victoria and their three sons, Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruise. Getty