England is not only an aristocratic country, but also a sports one. It was in this state that football, badminton, golf and boxing were born. Rugby and equestrian sports are also popular in England. In each sport, an Englishman can be distinguished, who has gained fame throughout the world.
An outstanding athlete of our time is the English footballer David Beckham. He was born in London on May 2, 1975. He started his career at Manchester United, with which he won six league titles in the English Premier League. He played for the football clubs Real Madrid, Milan, Los Angeles Galaxy and Paris Saint-Germain. Beckham is especially known for his unique free kicks and set performances. He was captain of the England national team for six years. Twice ranked second in the FIFA Player of the Year poll. In 2004 and 2011 he became the highest paid football player in the world.
Notable athletes in England include track and field athlete Paula Radcliffe, who specializes in highway, cross-country and long-distance running. She is the current world record holder in the marathon, which she established on October 13, 2002. Awarded the title of "Best Athlete of the World 2002". The athlete has no Olympic awards; she has performed much more successfully in world championships and in commercial marathons. She is also famous for her fight against doping. Paula now works for the BBC and is a live track and field broadcaster.
Steve Redgrave is a renowned English rower. He is one of the best and most titled rowers in the history of the sport. He is a five-time Olympic champion. He took his first gold in the Olympics, which took place in Los Angeles in 1984. 16 years later, in Sydney, he won his fifth gold in coxswain rowing. He also became world champion nine times. He played for his country and occupied high places, despite being diagnosed with diabetes mellitus.
Britain is proud of Christopher Hoy, who is considered a famous track cyclist. He is a six-time Olympic champion, a Member of the Order of the British Empire, and an eleven-time world champion. Has the title of a knight. In 2013 he completed his sports career.
Among the famous athletes in England, Martin Johnson, a rugby player, should be noted. He is the greatest player in the history of his sport. As part of the national team, he won the World Championship and the Six Nations Cup. Now he works as a successful coach.
The English heavyweight boxer Henry Cooper became famous all over the world. He was twice named "Sportsman of the Year" by the Air Force. The boxer is known for knocking down Muhamed Ali, the greatest black professional in the world of boxing, in one of the fights. Knight awarded by the British Empire.