Former Manchester United and Real Madrid winger David Beckham will receive the UEFA President’s Award for his contribution to football.
The former England captain will be recognized by UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin, who paid tribute to the former midfielder calling him ‘a true football icon of his generation’.
Beckham was selected by the president to receive the 2018 UEFA President’s Award due to his distinguished football career and role in promoting the game in general across the world.
The 43-year-old, who has been the first English player to win league titles in four countries, will receive the award during a ceremony in Monaco later this year.
Beckham will join the list of great players to have received the award, including the likes of Johan Cruyff, Sir Bobby Charlton, Franz Beckenbauer, Bobby Robson and Paolo Maldini.
“The President’s Award recognizes outstanding achievements, professional excellence, and exemplary personal qualities,” Ceferin said in a statement on UEFA’s official website.
“I have chosen David Beckham as the recipient of this year’s award because he has been a global ambassador for football, promoting the game and all its values in every corner of the planet. His tireless humanitarian efforts, which have helped the lives of many children around the world, should also be celebrated. Beckham is a true football icon of his generation.”
“It is an honor for me to receive the UEFA President’s Award. During my career, I always gave 100% and tried to uphold the values of teamwork and fair play. And I am proud to join the illustrious list of players who have previously won this award.”
“Many of the unforgettable moments I had on the pitch came in the UEFA Champions League, such as that magic night in Barcelona in 1999 when we beat Bayern in such dramatic fashion.”
Apart from Man United and Real Madrid, Beckham also represented LA Galaxy, AC Milan Paris Saint-Germain, and Preston North End.
During his 20-year career, Beckham recorded 719 games from different clubs and 115 for his country.
The former midfielder managed to win 10 league titles in four different countries, with six of them won during his time at Man United.