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Beckham agrees with Alex Ferguson, says he was not world class


David Beckham agrees with Sir Alex Ferguson’s assessment that he was not a “world-class” player. The former Manchester United manager’s latest autobiography includes a claim that he managed only four players deserving of that description during his long Old Trafford reign. Former England captain Beckham was a notable absentee from a list which comprised of Cristiano Ronaldo, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Eric Cantona.

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Asked if he was “insulted” by his omission, Beckham told BBC News: “Not at all.”

“I played for the greatest manager of all time for the amount of time that I did, I was lucky to play with the players I did and be successful with the club that I loved and still love.

“I tend to agree with the manager. There’s certain players that you can call world-class, thankfully I played with many of them.

“I’m proud as a Manchester United player that we were successful and I’m proud as a Manchester United player that we have the best players come to our team.”

Beckham spent the first 11 years of his 20-year career under Ferguson at Old Trafford, winning six league titles, two FA Cups and one UEFA Champions League while with Manchester United. He left the club in 2006 for Real Madrid and went on to play for the LA Galaxy, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain, earning four more league titles.

In 2009, Beckham played his final game for the England national team, concluding an international career that featured 17 goals and 115 caps – the latter a record for English field players. He served as captain of the Three Lions from 2000 to 2006, including during the team’s appearances at the 2002 and 2006 World Cups.

World Soccer Talk contributed to this report.

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  1. OT

    October 10, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    Beckham was and still is a world class marketer. Perhaps only 2nd to Pele in terms of longevity as a product endorser after retirement from “football”.

    Was Beckham a world class player? If Beckham himself doesn’t think so, then who would argue?

  2. Utd Fan

    September 25, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    Class as always.

    I think he’s being short changed though: in his time he was always either 1st or 2nd choice when people were asked to name their right sided midfielder in a World XI (the other contender being Luis Figo). That’s a good enough barometer for being considered world class in my book.

  3. Aram G

    September 25, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    Humble of him to say, but he absolutely was world-class for a good chunk of his Man United years, summed up by this clutch goal against Greece:

    • San Fransiscan

      September 26, 2015 at 12:49 am

      Goal against Real Madrid and Everton in his last season with United were the most difficult ones to take.

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