David Beckham returned to Old Trafford for a charity game benefiting UNICEF. Beckham’s Great Britain and Ireland team won 3-1.
Beckham was delighted to be back at his old stomping ground where he enjoyed so much success with Manchester United.
“It was amazing,” Beckham told manutd.com. “It doesn’t get any better than that. A full house for a great cause. Today was always going to be special. It’s been a long journey over the last nine days. We set out to play seven games in seven continents – I wanted to do it in seven days but it was pushing it!
“We achieved what we wanted to, raised a lot of money and shone a light on a great cause to help children around the world. I want to thank the fans, players and managers involved today for their support. Without that, it’s very difficult to raise the money that we have. It’s been an incredible day.”
Beckham’s team included players like Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Michael Owen and David Seaman. The Rest of the World team featured stars like Ronaldinho, Landon Donovan, Luis Figo and Ole-Gunnar Solskjaer.
Beckham was asked if there was any concern going into the game on Saturday after the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday.
“There was a slight concern,” Beckham said. “It was devastating to see the scenes we saw but, unfortunately, we see it around the world. I understand why Zinedine Zidane decided not to play. I think he was very respectful to me and to everything. He promised that he’d come over and play but I totally understand. He’s a friend first off and a very passionate man. What happened hit him very hard. On behalf of myself and everyone involved, we all send our condolences to everyone affected in Paris.”