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Video: David Beckham reveals how staying in to watch Match of the Day was key part of his success

By Tom Sheen

Published 05/05/2015

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File photo dated 27/08/02 of Manchester United's David Beckham celebrating scoring the second goal from a free-kick during the UEFA Champions League, third qualifying round, second leg game against Zalaegerszeg at Old Trafford, Manchester, as David Beckham turns 40 on May 2. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday May 1, 2015. See PA story SHOWBIZ Beckham. Photo credit should read: Phil Noble/PA Wire
File photo dated 02/07/03 of David Beckham (left) holding his new number 23 Real Madrid shirt presented to him by honorary president and former player Alfredo Di Stefano as he is formally unveiled at the basketball stadium next to the club's training ground in Madrid, as David Beckham turns 40 on May 2. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday May 1, 2015. See PA story SHOWBIZ Beckham. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
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Former England captain David Beckham has revealed that as a boy he used to stay in and "watch Match of the Day" instead of go out with his mates on a Saturday night.

Beckham, 40, is the most-capped outfield player in England's history and helped Manchester United and Real Madrid to seven titles in a storied career.

But speaking to adidas Gamedayplus, Beckham revealed that it was the "sacrifices" and "dedication" he made as a youngster that led him to success.

"People measure success with, in my field, by trophies, medals, by the success that I’ve had over my career," said Beckham.

"Personally I measure success by 'have I had a good time, have I had fun, have I reached the goals that I wanted to reach that I had when I was eight, nine-years-old'.

"I wanted to captain my country, I wanted to represent my country in a world cup, I wanted to win the fa cup, luckily I achieved all those dreams."

He added: "But when I sit with kids and they turn round and say how can we be professional footballers the one thing I always say to them is, 'you have to enjoy yourself, you have to have fun playing football if you want to be a footballer.

"'More importantly you have to be dedicated you have to make sacrifices', that’s one of the most important things for me.

"As a young kid living in London, you have friends going out on a Friday night. But I made the sacrifice of staying in watching Match of the Day on a Saturday evening and when I had a game on Sunday I went to bed early."

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