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David Beckham to be honoured by UEFA

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David Beckham is to receive the 2018 UEFA President's Award, European football's governing body has announced.

The former England captain has been acknowledged for "outstanding achievements, professional excellence and exemplary personal qualities," UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said.

Ex-Manchester United, Real Madrid, Los Angeles Galaxy, AC Milan and Paris St Germain midfielder Beckham will receive his award in Monaco later this year.

Ceferin said: "I have chosen David Beckham as the recipient of this year's award because he has been a global ambassador for football, promoting the game and all its values in every corner of the planet.

"His tireless humanitarian efforts, which have helped the lives of many children around the world, should also be celebrated. Beckham is a true football icon of his generation."

Beckham, who won the Champions League with United in 1999, said: "During my career I always gave 100 per cent and tried to uphold the values of teamwork and fair play and I am proud to join the illustrious list of players who have previously won this award.

"Many of the unforgettable moments I had on the pitch came in the UEFA Champions League, such as that magic night in Barcelona in 1999 when (United) beat Bayern Munich in such dramatic fashion."

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Beckham granted licence for MLS franchise in Miami

David Beckham has been working on launching his MLS franchise for several years. Credit: PA

Miami has been granted a Major League Soccer franchise, to be part-owned by David Beckham, MLS commissioner Don Garber has announced.

The long-awaited launch brings to a close years of planning for Beckham's ownership group after they struggled to find a location for a new stadium.

The 42-year-old exercised his option to purchase an MLS expansion team in 2014 after joining Los Angeles Galaxy in 2007.

The press conference took place at Miami's Adrienne Arsht Center and members of Beckham's ownership group were also be present.

The announcement takes the number of teams in the league to 25, with Los Angeles FC and Nashville taking up 23rd and 24th places respectively.

The former Manchester United star promised to bring the world's top players to Miami in 2014, saying he would make a global football team "loved by millions of people".

Beckham to launch MLS franchise in Miami today

David Beckham has been working on launching his MLS franchise for several years. Credit: PA

David Beckham will be present for an announcement in Miami on Monday where his Major League Soccer franchise is expected to be revealed.

A press release from the league said "an important announcement on the future of soccer in Miami" would be made.

The former England captain will be joined at the event by MLS commissioner Don Garber.

The long-awaited launch is set to bring to a close years of planning for Beckham's ownership group after they struggled to find a location for a new stadium.

The 42-year-old exercised his option to purchase an MLS expansion team in 2014 after joining Los Angeles Galaxy in 2007.

The press conference will take place at Miami's Adrienne Arsht Center and members of Beckham's ownership group will also be present.

The announcement will take the number of teams in the league to 25, with Los Angeles FC and Nashville taking up 23rd and 24th places respectively.

The former Manchester United star promised to bring the world's top players to Miami in 2014, saying he would make a global football team "loved by millions of people".

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