David Beckham named Lionel Messi over fellow iconic Manchester United No. 7 Cristiano Ronaldo as the player he enjoys seeing the best. The legendary shirt he wore at Old Trafford was given to the Portuguese superstar in 2003 when he moved to Real Madrid by the former England captain, who is now a co-owner of MLS team Inter Miami.
The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner and current World Cup champion Messi is the player who gives the former Red Devils winger the most joy to see in action, despite the fact that Beckham has always adored Ronaldo. When asked which player he most admires, Beckham responded to ESPN Argentina, “It has to be Messi. I love Leo for a variety of reasons. Because he is a wonderful father, I adore him. Because of his wonderful personality and character, I adore him.
He has amazing character. But I believe that his approach to the game is what everyone admires about him. He gives the game his all. He simply plays the game at his own pace. I also consider the most recent World Cup. I believe that winning that World Cup and the manner he represented his team and country were fantastic moments for him. I enjoy watching players like him, too.
The 35-year-old now suggests that he could extend his international playing career through the 2026 finals, which will be co-hosted by the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Messi inspired Argentina to victory at Qatar 2022, allowing him to complete a remarkable medal collection.
Beckham will want to see Messi play for many more years, even though Ronaldo, who is currently playing for Al-Nassr in Saudi Arabia at the age of 37, is another athlete who may be able to compete at the highest level well past the age of 40.