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David Beckham buys 10% share in 'Class of '92' owned Salford City

David Beckham has purchased a 10% stake in Salford City FC Credit: PA

Former England and Manchester United midfielder David Beckham has bought a stake in Salford City, the National League club have announced.

The 43-year-old has followed in the footsteps of former United team-mates Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt and secured a 10 per cent stake in the club.

With the 'Class of 92' major shareholders now at 60 per cent, Peter Lim remains the largest shareholder.

Beckham said: "It's a proud moment for me to join Peter Lim and the 'Class of 92' lads as an owner of Salford City FC.

"It's a really special club and a special group of people. My early years in Manchester were all spent in Salford. I grew up there in many ways so to be able to finally join the lads and the club today is a great feeling."

The 'Class of 92' said in a statement: "From the very beginning we wanted David to be involved and be with us on this incredible journey however circumstances and commitments didn't allow that. Now the time is right and is another exciting time in Salford City's history.

"It is important to emphasise that nothing will change in the day to day operations of the club but to have us all together was always the vision. We grew up in Salford, carved our careers here and that's why we are doing what we are doing at Salford City.

"We have grown to love this club and the fans and we would like to welcome David to the club and to becoming part of the Salford City family."

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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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