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Most controversial moments in World Cup football

David Beckham | A legend for club and country, earned his country’s ire in 1998 when as a petulant, young lad he kicked out at Argentina’s Diego Simone who promptly fell as if he’d been shot. In this World Cup round of 16 match, England defended bravely with 10 men but ultimately lost in a penalty shootout. Beckham was made the scapegoat and was shamed by both press and fans until the 2002 World Cup when he scored the winning goal against Argentina in group play.