AC Milan confirmed last night that Beckham had snapped the tendon in his left leg and he is now expected to be out for six months, missing the World Cup.
Beckham is not the first leading footballer to suffer from an Achilles tendon injury.
NEIL WEBB: Weeks after completing £1.5m move from Nottingham Forest to Manchester United, Webb ruptured his Achilles in England friendly against Sweden. Sidelined for eight months.
JOHN BARNES: Suffered a torn Achilles while playing for England against Finland in final warm-up game for Euro 92. Missed the tournament and injury blunted his pace for remainder of career.
YAKUBU: The Everton forward was sidelined for nine months from Nov 2008 after suffering a ruptured Achilles while playing against Spurs.
DR GERRY MCCANN: Timesonline reported: "Gerry had knocked up at the start of the 4.30pm tennis-drills session, but had decided not to exacerbate an injury to his Achilles tendon, so had dropped out and waited around by the courts until the children came back from the kids’ clubs at 5pm for tea".
However, the remarkable Dr Gerry McCann was up and jogging 3 mile runs within days of his daughter Maddie's 'disappearance', a priority which, unfortunately, prevented him and his wife from searching for her.