But his form has picked up following a poor spell midway through last season and he appears to be rediscovering the verve that marked his first months in Madrid. He even believes his grasp of the Spanish language is also showing signs of improvement and is helping him to feel more at home.
"The football side of things is much better now and I'm pleased with how it's going," he said "I am always going to have problems with the paparazzi. I have had two men outside my house for the last two years, which is frightening at times, but that is my life unfortunately."
The return to action of England defender Jonathan Woodgate after a 17- month absence with injury has been another boost for Beckham even though Woodgate had a debut he will be keen to forget, scoring an own goal and being sent off in the match against Athletic Bilbao last week.
"Obviously Jonathan was one of the best young defenders in England and now he is very important for Real Madrid," the England captain said. "We've been putting in a lot of work on our defence but with Woody, Sergio Ramos and Ivan Helguera back, we are now much better."
Despite criticism about England's recent form and calls for him to be dropped, Beckham insists he has no intention of following rugby union counterpart Jason Robinson into international retirement.
Robinson, 31, revealed over the weekend that he is leaving the international scene to spend more time with his family but Beckham, a year younger than the Sale winger, confirmed he intends to keep playing for the next five years, believing he still has plenty to offer Sven Goran Eriksson's beleaguered team over that period.