David Beckham is returning to his roots. Three years after announcing his retirement from football, the 40-year-old has confirmed he will be lacing up his boots once again on 14 November, to take part in a very special charity match to help raise money for the children's charity UNICEF.
David – a UNICEF ambassador – is captaining a Great Britain and Ireland XI team, managed by his former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson. They will take on a World XI side captained by French star Zinedine Zidane. All the money raised from ticket sales will be donated to UNICEF – and no-one is prouder of David for his participation than his wife Victoria Beckham.
Proud of @davidbeckham putting his boots back on again at Old Trafford for the fantastic work of @unicef Captaining the Great Britain team, managed by Sir Alex Ferguson against a Rest of the World side captained by @Zidane and managed by @mrancelotti on November 14th. Tickets on sale from today at www.manutd.com/tickets #MatchForChildren
David Beckham is returning to Old Trafford to take part in a charity football match for UNICEF
On Friday, she posted an Instagram photo of David and Zinedine on the pitch together, taken when they were team-mates at Real Madrid. "Proud of @davidbeckham putting his boots back on again at Old Trafford for the fantastic work of UNICEF," she wrote alongside.
"Captaining the Great British team, managed by Sir Alex Ferguson against a Rest of the World side captained by @Zidane and managed by @mrancelotti on November 14th. Tickets on sale from today at www.manutd.com/tickets #MatchForChildren.”
David revealed the news of the footballing fundraiser during an appearance on Nick Grimshaw's BBC Radio 1 breakfast show on Friday morning.
"Everyone knows that I retired three years ago and I never thought I'd be getting my boots out again and playing," David admitted. "Football is such a powerful took and to have Zidane on the field, Sir Alex Ferguson and (Italian football manager) Carlo Ancelotti in the stands, I think people are going to love it.
"This match gives me the perfect opportunity to raise awareness and vital funds to help reach the children who need it most."