Sir Alex Ferguson: David Beckham chose fame over soccer career
Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has written a new biography and questions former star player for the Red Devils David Beckham for choosing a life of fame over soccer.
“He lost the chance to become an absolute top-dog player. He wanted to give it all up for a new career, a new lifestyle, for stardom,” Ferguson says about Beckham, who left Old Trafford in 2003 to join Real Madrid, in his new book “Alex Ferguson: My Biography.”
Beckham was a Manchester United fan growing up and signed with them as a youth. He debuted with the team when he was 17 and played there from 1993-2003, but left after having problems with Ferguson.
After an FA Cup loss to Arsenal, Ferguson called out Beckham for failing to track back on a play that resulted in a goal. He kicked his boot at Beckham after the game and it hit the player above the eye.
Ferguson writes in the book that he was worried Beckham thought he had become bigger than the coach. Ferguson believes that if Beckham put soccer ahead of the fame, he could have been playing at Manchester United up until last year.
“He could still have been at Manchester United when I left.”
Instead, Becks left for Real Madrid from 2003-2007 and then played in MLS from 2007-2012. Now the 38-year-old is with Paris Saint-Germain.