Beckham at PSG: the last tango in Paris
“Paris now has it all – officially,” quipped a local to the BBC cameras.
“Macaroons, croissants and David Beckham.”
“one last adventure”as the curtain descended on his glittering career, may have been short and sweet, but the taste – as it is wherever he goes – was lasting.
“He got all the attention – I could finally go on my own way,”said the Swede.
“I’ve had more offers now than I have probably had in my career,”he beamed in front of the assembled press glare that greeted his arrival, adding, significantly,
“at my age”.
Beckham’s desire for one last push even impressed his old mentor Sir Alex. The Scot had witnessed his young charge haring about fields from Academy level to the Champions League, but even a decade after the winger had departed Old Trafford, Ferguson was struck by motivation that was still strong enough for Beckham to play for 70 minutes of PSG’s first-leg Champions League quarter-final pairing with Barcelona.
“Quite an achievement after five years in America,”his mentor observed.
“I asked myself: ‘How does he do it?’ Stamina was the first answer. But David also discovered a desire to confound everybody.
“And he could still hit a fine cross, a good cross-field ball, which are traits he never lost. They were ingrained in what he was as an athlete.”
Dogged pursuit of the challenge –“relentless application”according to Ferguson – is what kept Beckham lean and hungry. That drive, that edge that marks leaders out from also-rans. It is a common trait among the club’s modern greats.
“I wanted to go out as a champion,”he said.
“I’ve finished my career in a team that treated me like I’ve been here 10 years.”
“Fashion icon and ambassador,”it read, ending
“his career in beauty as a champion of France.”
“you have to admire his tenacity. He amazed me, and he amazed everyone at Manchester United. Whatever he pursues in life, he just keeps on going.”
“In my eyes and in most, he’s David Beckham, footballer – not a global icon.”
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