Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles MARVIN CHOW: Good morning. Good morning. Hello everybody. How are you? [AUDIENCE APPLAUSE] MARVIN CHOW: My name is Marvin Chow, and I'll be your host this morning. We are extremely excited to be welcoming international sports sensation, philanthropist, and global icon David Beckham to Google today. [ENTHUSIASTIC APPLAUSE] MARVIN CHOW: Thank you all for coming out. A special hello to all of our friends from around the world who are joining us by our YouTube live stream. We are coming to you from Google's headquarters in Mountain View, California. I have to say, when David called us and asked us if he could drop by today, excitement doesn't even begin to describe how we felt. He is one of the few truly global sports stars. He is one of the most searched for athletes on Google, and it's amazing how his fans have embraced him across Google Search, Google+, and YouTube. It's unbelievable. But before I bring out the man himself, I want to welcome to Google with this short video. So let's take a quick look. [VIDEO PLAYBACK] FEMALE SPEAKER: Why are you special in the sports world? DAVID BECKHAM: Well I won the book chart in soccer school. [VARIOUS VOICES] FEMALE SPEAKER: I love him so much. MALE SPEAKER: No freakin' way! SPORTS ANNOUNCER: David Beckham! [SPEAKING ITALIAN] DAVID BECKHAM: Center. Center. Center. [END VIDEO PLAYBACK] [AUDIENCE APPLAUSE] MARVIN CHOW: Ladies and gentlemen, ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Mr. David Beckham. [AUDIENCE APPLAUSE AND WHISTLES] MARVIN CHOW: Nice to see you, Sir. How are you? Wave. DAVID BECKHAM: Morning. MARVIN CHOW: Have a seat. Have a seat. Welcome. Welcome to Google. So let's kick off, no pun intended, with a little soccer. Or, for our international friends, football. You know, you David, you really have had a global soccer career. I mean, you joined Manchester United at the young age of 17. You won 9 major trophies in 11 years there. Very impressive. You then joined Real Madrid where you won another trophy, and then since 2007, you've been here in the U.S. playing for the LA Galaxy, where last year you won yet another trophy. And I think that puts you in a very rare group of trifecta winners of three trophies on three different countries. So congratulations. DAVID BECKHAM: Thank you very much. MARVIN CHOW: And then obviously, while preparing to meet you last night, I read even more news last night. The big news that you've decided to stay here in the U.S. and continue to play for the U.S., the LA Galaxy. Congratulations. And I think we're excited that you chose Google as a place to come talk to your fans and the rest of the world about that news. So why don't we start there? Why don't you tell us a little bit about that decision to stay with the Galaxy. DAVID BECKHAM: Well, good morning, first of all. I'm excited to be here. To be part of this is exciting for me, and to be here with you all and everyone else watching around the world, it's exciting. Google's one of the biggest companies in the world. So I'm honored to be here today. My decision, obviously, throughout my career has always been about my family, about my career, about my footballing career. And I've been lucky to have played over the years with some of the biggest clubs in the world, some of the best players in the world. And it's been exciting. I've been lucky enough to have been successful in many different clubs that I've played for. And professionally, coming to the U.S. was something that I was excited about. It was a challenge. It was a new challenge. I played in Europe. I'd won everything that I possibly could in Europe, and I wanted a new challenge. MARVIN CHOW: When you conquer Europe, it's definitely the next-- DAVID BECKHAM: Like I said, I was very lucky in my career. MARVIN CHOW: You are. DAVID BECKHAM: So then, obviously, coming to America was an exciting thing for me, and I've had a great five years. I met a lot of good people, a lot of great fans around the world, traveled around America, played in different parts of America, which I'd never played in before, and it's been exciting. So this championship at the end of this year was one of the most satisfying in my career, I must admit. To have been here for the time that I've been here, to reach the goals that I'd reached off the field, with raising the popularity of the game. I'd reached those goals. The only goal that I hadn't reached was a championship with the Galaxy, which is the main reason why I came to America and came to the Galaxy as a franchise. So that was missing, but now it's not. MARVIN CHOW: Congratulations. DAVID BECKHAM: But obviously, with the new contract now, it was a decision that I didn't take lightly because I obviously had other offers from other clubs around the world. And at 36 years old you don't expect to still get these offers. So that was nice. But it was all about where I felt the future was going for the game here in the U.S., and also where my family was happiest. And my family is happiest here at the moment. We love living in LA. We love living in America. We've adapted the culture, we've adapted everything that this country has, and we enjoy that. So I'm going to continue to enjoy playing soccer here, and my family will continue to enjoy it. MARVIN CHOW: Well, speaking of, kind of away from the Galaxy-- I saw when you came in 2007, you made a very public statement that you wanted to help grow the game of soccer in the U.S. Can you talk a little bit about how that's going and some areas around growing the game here? DAVID BECKHAM: Well that's the thing. It's one of the reasons why I came to this country. It's because, for me, soccer is the number one sport around the world apart from America. Don't get me wrong, the other sports, American football, basketball, baseball, they're all great sports and have great athletes in these sports. But the number one game in the world is soccer. So I want to get soccer to a different level in this country. And I think that we've done that in the last-- I've felt it change in the last couple of years. And that's why I didn't want to walk away from it because I felt the change. And to walk away at this point would be disappointing because I've been part of that growth, and I want to continue to be part of that growth. So it's an exciting time. And it's great for the family as well, great for the family to be here. MARVIN CHOW: Well, speaking of the family, I think we've all read how important family is to you. So what role did Victoria and the kids have in decision, in making this decision? DAVID BECKHAM: I mean, they have the final answer. It's as simple as that. That sounded wrong. No, obviously, when you're married, when you have children, your priorities totally change. 10 years ago, when I was playing at Manchester United, at Real Madrid-- obviously, we were married, but it was a lot easier for us to make decisions based on our careers.