[Video Description: Highlights from the UNICEF charity football match.]
Over the weekend, David Beckham hosted and played in a UNICEF charity football match to raise funds for underprivileged children. Two teams—Great Britain/Ireland vs. Rest of the World—played in front of a delighted sell-out crowd of 75,381.
Ex-England captain Beckham led the home team, managed by his former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson.Beckham's side won, 3-1.
Former Chelsea, Real Madrid, and AC Milan boss Carlo Ancelotti managed the world team.
Beckham was replaced by his 16-year-old son towards the end of the match, but came back on because of an injury to Sol Campbell.
"I wasn't meant to join him but Sol came off," he said. "Having Brooklyn out there was special. One of my lasting memories is winning the title and walking around with Brooklyn when he was 18 months."
Money raised from ticket sales for the match will be donated to children's charity Unicef.
"It was incredible," said Beckham. "I'm very proud of what we achieved. It's been a special day."
Beckham also made a video for UNICEF, speaking as a father to other fathers about ending violence against children:
All I want as a dad is to protect and care for my children, my most precious things. I'll do anything to shelter them from harm. Everywhere we go, and wherever we have lived, their home—our home—has always been a safe place. Tragically, for many children, having a safe home is not a reality. Every day, thousands of children experience violence in their homes. It's heartbreaking. All children deserve love and protection. Join the rest of the world's parents, all the fathers everywhere, to stamp out violence against children. Let's protect the most precious things we have—our children, our future.I'm sure there was something else...some other news...what was it again? Oh yes: David Beckham was also named People's Sexiest Man Alive.
"He's a romantic husband, a devoted dad—and he vacuums!" LOL!
Beckham said he's "very pleased to accept" the honor, but "I never feel that I'm an attractive, sexy person." If it were literally almost anyone else on the planet who looked like David Beckham saying that, I would probably guffaw, but Becks genuinely means it, the scoundrel.
"I thought I was past my sell by date but thanks to @PeopleMag for the accolade and the compliment! I always feel a little shy when receiving these Awards, though it will make my Mum happy. This one the kids will laugh at, as they see what Daddy looks like in the morning!"