A quote from David Beckham circulating on social media has risked the wrath of Manchester United fans by crowning Lionel Messi as “the greatest in football history.”
Messi lashed in his tenth Inter Miami goal in seven matches to inspire Beckham’s franchise to their first ever trophy. The World Cup winner also stroked home a spot-kick after Nashville forced the Leagues Cup final into a penalty shootout.
Miami went on to win the 12-yard battle 10-9 after Nashville goalkeeper Elliot Panicco missed the vital penalty to hand Beckham’s side their first ever domestic honour.
After both Messi and former Newcastle United star DeAndre Yedlin both lifted the trophy, a beaming Beckham appeared delighted with his star signing.
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In the aftermath, a paraphrased quote from Beckham did the sounds on social media, which said: "I’ve signed the greatest in football history, I’m so proud." It related to a quote Beckham actually gave The Athletic in July when he described the feeling of knowing he would be signing Messi: "'We’ve just beaten all competition to sign the greatest player to ever play our game'."
Shortly after these words were circulated on Twitter in the aftermath of Inter Miami's victori, fans began to anticipate an avalanche of angry United and Real Madrid fans.
“Funny thing is, this is coming from a Manchester United and Real Madrid legend,” one fan laughed. “Man Utd fans are going to cancel Beckham now,” said another fan, who thinks some United fans will be upset, the former England captain placed Messi above Ronaldo.
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“Now he is going to get abused by Ronaldo fans,” commented another, before one fan completely disagreed with Beckham and wrote, “Pele was the greatest ever, then Maradona. Beckham has no respect.”
Beckham won six Premier League titles, two FA Cups, and the Champions League during his eight years at Old Trafford. After signing for Real Madrid, he went on to win one La Liga title over the course of four years at the Bernabeu.
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He never got to play alongside Cristiano Ronaldo at either United or Real, but he did play against the Portuguese forward while playing for AC Milan. Beckham also faced Messi during his half a season with French giants Paris Saint-Germain.
However, having not kicked a ball at the elite level since 2013, Beckham has thrown himself into life as an owner. On August 24, Miami bolstered with Messi and his former Barcelona team-mates Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba, face Cincinnati in the US Open Cup semi-final before the MLS campaign restarts against New York Red Bulls on August 27.
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