David Beckham salutes 'father figure' Alex Ferguson

Beckham paid particular tribute to Ferguson for the protective role he played in helping him deal with the fall-out from his sending off for England against Argentina at the 1998 World Cup.

updated: May 08, 2013 22:48 IST
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London: David Beckham paid tribute to "father figure" Alex Ferguson on Wednesday after the Manchester United manager announced he would retire at the end of the season.

Former England captain Beckham, one of 'Fergie's fledglings', a crop of young players that the Scottish manager brought through the Old Trafford youth system and into the first team, wrote on his Facebook page: "As I have said many times before the boss wasn't just the greatest and best manager I ever played under he was also a father figure to me from the moment I arrived at the club at the age of 11 until the day I left.

"Without him I would never have achieved what I have done in my career. He understood how important it was to play for your country and he knew how much it meant to me," added Beckham, now with French giants Paris St Germain.

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