Beckham picks Messi over fellow Man Utd icon Ronaldo

The former England captain, who is now a co-owner at MLS side Inter Miami, passed on his iconic shirt at Old Trafford on to the Portuguese superstar in 2003 when he made a move to Real Madrid.

Beckham has always spoken fondly of Ronaldo, but it is seven-time Ballon d’Or winner – and now World Cup winner – Messi that gives the ex-Red Devils winger the most enjoyment when catching him in action.

Beckham has told ESPN Argentina when asked which player he admires the most “It has to be Messi. I love Leo for many different reasons.

I love him because he’s a great father. I love him because he’s a great personality, a character.

He’s a great person. But I think what everybody loves about him is the way he plays the game.

He plays the game just free the way he plays. And I think this past World Cup again.

I think the way he played for his team, for his country and to win that World Cup was an incredible moment for him. And I love watching players like him.”

Beckham will be hoping to see Messi play on for many more years, while the same can be said for Ronaldo.

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