David Beckham: “Facing Simeone Again Was My Biggest Challenge” | The Modern Game

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David Beckham: “Facing Simeone Again Was My Biggest Challenge” | The Modern Game

He’s said since then that you taught him
how to manage modern footballers. -Did he?
-Yeah. Wow. Leading up to that game,
and after the red card, was difficult for my family
and for my friends. So, that game was a big challenge and when I took the penalty
and we won the game, it was amazing. Ferguson made you shave your Mohawk
before letting you out, right? I walked in the changing room
and he hadn’t seen it as I was too scared to show him. So, I had gone into training
the day before with a beanie on,
trained in a beanie, gone back, travelled down to London with the team, walked in the hotel, had a beanie on, had dinner, beanie on,
breakfast, beanie on, bus on the way to the stadium, beanie. As I’m getting ready for the game,
or getting ready to go out for warm-up, I obviously took it off, and you can imagine
what the manager said to me – “Go and shave it off.” I kind of giggled, and he said, “No, I’m totally serious.
Go and shave it off.” So, I had to find a pair of clippers
and I shaved it off at Wembley Stadium. -Manager rules.
-Manager always rules. It’s more normal to do it these days. It’s a lot more normal to have a Mohawk,
or a tattoo on your neck, or wear coloured boots. You know, when we were growing up, the manager wouldn’t let us
even step on a pitch wearing a pair of red boots
or a pair of white boots. There’s one thing
the boss was always good at – it’s why he was so good, it’s why he’s the most
decorated manager in football, it’s why he was successful
for the amount of years that he was – because he was always able to change. Even with successful teams, he would always go
and buy a great new player the next year, or two great new players,
even after we had won the treble, or winning the double or the league. He always knew that
you had to change to keep on improving, and I think that’s what he did best. When it was time for me, Scholes, Butt, Giggs, Gary, and Phil
all to come into the team, he sold Andrei Kanchelskis,
Mark Hughes, and Paul Ince – three of the best players
in Manchester United history. We were all shocked,
but that showed… the faith he had in us
as young players. But also,
when it was time for me to move on, it didn’t matter –
he’s very ruthless in that way. But that’s what makes him so great,
it’s what makes him successful. PLAYING FOR ENGLAND David, the Greece game,
was that one of the biggest tests? Yeah, I mean,
when I played against Greece, it was a test
because we had to either draw or win to go through to the World Cup. So, I’d say that was a big test for me and one of my greatest moments. I think the bigger test
was when I played against Argentina, four years after I got the red card, and I was coming up against Simeone again. For me, that was another big test because the four years
I had gone through, on the pitch and off the pitch, leading up to that game
and after the red card, were difficult for my family,
for my friends, and for me. So, that game was a big challenge. And when I took the penalty
and we won the game, it was amazing. So, that was a big challenge
for me personally. Representing your country
is something we’re so proud to do, but when you’re captain of the country,
it’s something that’s very special. As a young boy, I never thought I would be able
to lead and captain my country, so it was one of the biggest honours –
probably the biggest honour – in my whole career. The first thing I said to my wife
and to my kids at the time, “We have to look at this move
now as if it’s for the rest of our lives.” I’d only ever lived in Manchester, I’d only ever spoken one language – tried French at school
but was never good – but then I was thrown into a situation
where I was joining a new team, totally out of my comfort zone, but the comfort zone was football. Getting through those difficult,
uncomfortable times – because I didn’t understand what people,
players or managers were saying – you go through a part where, are they talking about you
or about something else? Is it something you should know?
Is it something you should understand? Everyone handles situations like that
in a different way. My way of handling it
was doing five classes a week, trying to learn Spanish, eating at Spanish restaurants
every time I went out for dinner, trying to speak Spanish
to anyone and everyone. So, that was my way
of throwing myself into it and I think, obviously,
once I was on the pitch, all that mattered
was where I was going to pass the ball. I didn’t have to say anything
to Roberto Carlos, who didn’t speak much English. It didn’t faze me to move away
because I knew it’s what I wanted to do. Luis has got an amazing story – the way he grew up, how he grew up,
where he ended up and where he played. All of these great things. And it’s just about personality,
to be honest – I think everyone handles things
in different ways, different challenges. But I enjoy a challenge, and that’s the way I’ve always looked
at every decision I make. Whether it’s in the football world
or the business world or with my family, I do things I enjoy
and I do things I want to do, but I do things that benefit other people. Those are the decisions
I always try to make. The day after my last game in football, I flew to Miami
to put together the team in Miami. I just want to continue
to be successful in everything I do. You know? And there are difficult times
and there are moments where I thought, “It’s not going to happen.” “We’re not going to be able
to bring this team into the MLS.” But there wasn’t one moment
where I thought… “Should I walk away?” Even though people were
telling me to walk away, there wasn’t one moment where I personally
felt I was ever going to walk away. Even when someone phoned me up and said… “Never going to happen, just so you know.
So, do something else.” My answer straight away was,
“I’m not walking away.” My intuition was right because now, after five years,
we announced the logo, we announced the colours,
we announced the name, and now we’re talking
about buying players. I’m going to get you
to sign a piece of paper after. -Yeah.
-A blank piece of paper. It’s going to be a contract
from Miami for 10 years time. OK. We’re not going to pay much but… -Deal! You saw this?
-Deal. Deal. Every athlete goes through that. For every athlete – doesn’t matter if you’ve been retired
for five years, 10 years, or 20 years – I don’t think it gets any easier, I think you just learn to cope
with not being able to play anymore. So, I think that part of it,
I really do dislike, but… the good part of it
is you become a real fan. And that’s what I said
about this last World Cup, because it’s the first World Cup
I’ve been able to sit back and enjoy, go to the pub, watch it with my mates,
watch it with other England fans. It was the first time
I was really able to enjoy… you know, what a fan goes through. There’s certain parts of it
I didn’t enjoy, but that part of it, being a fan, I did.


Juan Gorena · February 26, 2020 at 5:22 pm

Primero jeje

Escorpion M34 · February 26, 2020 at 5:22 pm


OTRO · February 26, 2020 at 5:31 pm

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Maria Pia Martinez · February 26, 2020 at 5:45 pm

uno de los mejores dela historia

mango 305 · February 26, 2020 at 5:58 pm

Love what he is doing in Miami! But we are still waiting for a star player!!

Ronaldo Owino · February 26, 2020 at 6:05 pm

One of the few CO92 that is not a wasteman.

Kaushik Ghosh · February 26, 2020 at 6:20 pm

What he said about SAF is exactly what this generation's manager lacks.

redhatlt · February 26, 2020 at 6:24 pm

3:34 ye ye i have no fn idea what you are talking about but i agree 😀

serpico Phone · February 26, 2020 at 6:58 pm

I have to disagree..wearing red. Blue yellow boot doesn't make you better or worse…in fact whatever makes you feel comfortable allows you to perform better..still hat off for fergie

Mihai Visan · February 26, 2020 at 7:06 pm

neymar nodding as if he can understand beck's english

Kimochi Banzai · February 26, 2020 at 7:31 pm

David Beckham, never stop to amaze me, blessed to be him and his family, a superb role model

Samip Pradhan · February 27, 2020 at 8:15 am

I’m like Neymar in Maths class

Frederic Leang · February 27, 2020 at 10:01 am

5:07 Is he not referring to Luis Figo, instead of Luis Suarez ?

games ward · February 27, 2020 at 11:53 am

Neymar owns this channel

jaquan6990 · February 27, 2020 at 12:58 pm

Does Neymar understand him ?

ХХХ AMATЕUR SЕХ VIDЕO - СLIСК НЕRЕ · February 27, 2020 at 1:01 pm

1:15 💓💯🧡
👇 👇 👇 👇💯

James Pitt · February 27, 2020 at 1:40 pm

I thought the title said, “facing ‘someone’ again”.

roth chill · February 28, 2020 at 8:08 am

🤣 posh

Steici Radu · February 28, 2020 at 8:40 am

When pictures with Suarez are shown, I think Becks is talking about Luis Figo.. xD

Arijit Banerjee · February 28, 2020 at 3:46 pm

What is Neymar doing here exactly ???

Jimmy Waterfall · February 28, 2020 at 4:11 pm

Puta genética, este pureta es más atractivo que cualquier tio de 20 años.

Daniel ndukwe · February 29, 2020 at 1:01 am

Neymar 😂😂😂😂😂😂

Logos Porticus · February 29, 2020 at 4:33 am

Did he just buy Neymar?

黄韦升 · February 29, 2020 at 5:06 am

the luis he said meant luis figo, not luis suarez

PerfectSoldieR96 · February 29, 2020 at 11:59 am

Neymar represent all of us when we're trying to understand a native speaker in a foreign language 😂

Toby Hayde · February 29, 2020 at 12:45 pm

You can really tell that Neymar respects becks

Pao Chongloi · February 29, 2020 at 1:29 pm

Luiz?? Luiz Suarez?? WTH??

abdi libaax · March 1, 2020 at 2:11 am

Beckham one of the greatest united players, his hard work was overlooked.

let love lead · March 1, 2020 at 8:46 am

And who said Neymar is a legend ..

Ali Omar · March 1, 2020 at 10:56 am

I think he meant Luiz Figo, not Suarez

João Ferreira · March 1, 2020 at 12:53 pm

He never played with Suarez. He played with Luis Figo back at Real Madrid. Change the images in the video. Shame that you mistake Figo with Suarez. Figo is a Ballon d'or winner. Much better than suarez

Stephen Buffery · March 1, 2020 at 2:44 pm

His biggest challenge was put a sentence together

Black And White Truths · March 1, 2020 at 5:06 pm

Eating in Spanish restaurants in Spain, this man is a true savant.

Swaleh Suheil · March 1, 2020 at 5:51 pm

As a true football fan I still love neymar

Fernando T · March 2, 2020 at 2:51 am

Neymar, the highest paid reporter in the world.

Jesse Hernandez · March 2, 2020 at 4:48 am

Mourinho needs to change in order to be successful again! When I say successful I mean winning the champions league!

No Name · March 2, 2020 at 8:13 am

Beckham is a pop star

Not a football star

Hin Lam · March 2, 2020 at 8:57 am

Imagine Neymar really signs for inter miami

kene okafor · March 2, 2020 at 10:35 am

most overrated footballer ever

Marcus · March 2, 2020 at 11:23 am

DB: Captain my country.
NJ: Si, si, si.

DB: You’re a pathetic useless diva.
NJ: Si si si.

Bdhacker101 · March 2, 2020 at 11:28 am

WTH is Neymar doing there??? Was he interviewing Becks? I swear I was hearing a British accent

Arafat UG · March 2, 2020 at 12:41 pm

DB7 made me fall in love with football!

Fajri Ode · March 2, 2020 at 1:40 pm

One of the few footballers I can truly respect, really humble, admirable, during his height at Madrid he would get out and interact with everyone, one video shows him getting out of the car and paying with a bunch of people i'm Africa in the street, you don't see that from any other players

पबि मल्ल · March 2, 2020 at 3:28 pm

he is looking like Christian bale

PoonkAmi · March 2, 2020 at 4:21 pm

He’s a nice guy but his image means he can never show any real personality. Boring.

ALBER PAJARES · March 2, 2020 at 5:09 pm

When Beckham signed up with l.a. galaxy probably didn’t realize that the stance would be that long,.. 😅

i am not you · March 2, 2020 at 5:21 pm

The boss brilliant I have so much respect for David is not my favourite player

Mike H · March 2, 2020 at 11:02 pm

Trying to learn other languages when you say 'somethink' and 'nothink' is never going to go well is it?

JRC71 · March 2, 2020 at 11:55 pm

I'm spanish and Neymar looks like me when I first travelled to Scotland 30 years ago.

Gran Thurismo · March 3, 2020 at 12:15 am

To be honest this guy's cross hasn't been matched

Andre · March 3, 2020 at 12:51 am

neymar knows 0 english tho

Nishant · March 3, 2020 at 1:02 am

How big of a United, Becks and Sir Alex fan am I? I only noticed Neymar on the other side of the table halfway through the video (3:35 to be exact)

SBakerNYC · March 3, 2020 at 1:48 am

Neymar nodding his head like be understands lol

No Body · March 3, 2020 at 10:51 am

"It's a lot more normal to have a mohawk or a tattoo on your neck"

Yeah David, because they want to be like you.

John Farnell · March 3, 2020 at 11:03 am

You were a great player Beckham. The tatts and the mohawks were a sign of degeneracy. Ferguson saved you.

daddy · March 3, 2020 at 11:42 am

He literally looks like hes been prison for 10 years… then he starts talking and it brings u back to reality 😂

Twe Foju · March 3, 2020 at 12:15 pm

Neymar: keep nodding.. just keep nodding, i dont understand a single English coming out of Beck’s mouth

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