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Biting Back: David Beckham struck a different note than George Best in Michael Parkinson interview

Graham Luney

Did you catch Sir Michael Parkinson's interview with David Beckham this week?

Becks was quizzed by the chat show legend at the launch of a young people's academy on behalf of Sky TV.

Former England captain and Manchester United favourite Beckham retired from football in May but he remains an icon and role model in the world of sport.

His performances on the pitch earned him 115 England caps as well as six Premier League titles, a Champions League winner's medal and two FA Cups with United. Helping Real Madrid to the 2006-07 La Liga title was another special moment.

Off the pitch Becks has also been a classy operator and during the Parky interview, he was very respectful of our own legend George Best who passed away after losing his battle with alcoholism in November, 2005.

This despite the fact that Bestie wasn't always complimentary towards the free-kick specialist. Best once said: "He can't kick with his left foot, he can't head, he can't tackle, and he doesn't score many goals. Apart from that, he's all right."

In Parky's interview the first Englishman to win league titles in four different countries struck a different note. "When we talk about George Best all I think of is his football," said Beckham.

"He was a great person and great player but he had a disease. He was a hero to so many people including my parents and grandparents."

He may no longer kick a ball in anger but Becks is still a superstar.

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