Twenty years of the Beckhams: how they ushered in our era of personal branding

David and Victoria Beckham were married in 1999, and since then have used their names to sell everything from pants to whisky. Now, in our Instagram age, their influence is everywhere Victoria Beckham never claimed to be the best singer in the Spice Girls, or the best dancer either. Nor was David Beckham necessarily the greatest footballer ever to wear a Manchester United shirt. The teams former manager Alex Ferguson once said he had only ever worked with four world-class players, and didnt include Beckham on his list. Yet, by dint of hard work, strategic decision-making and a remarkable ability to stay likable even while becoming preposterously rich, the Beckhams have achieved the goal Victoria identified his autobiography: My wife …