David Beckham insists he takes no offence after being left off Sir Alex Ferguson’s list of “world class” Manchester United players.
Ferguson stated said that he only worked with four truly “world class” players during his time at Old Trafford – Cristiano Ronaldo, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Eric Cantona.
Beckham, one of England’s best players of his generation, was – alongside the likes of Peter Schmeichel, Roy Keane, Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney – omitted from the list.
When asked if he was insulted by being left off Ferguson’s list, Beckham offered a humbled response, proving he still has the utmost respect for his old manager.
He told the BBC: “Not at all. I played for the greatest manager of all time.
“I was lucky to play with the players that I did and be successful with the club I love.
“I tend to agree with the manager because there are certain players that you can call world class and thankfully I played with many of them.”
Ferguson reserved special praise for Ronaldo, describing him as “like the ornament on top of a Christmas tree.”
Ronaldo was the successor to Beckham’s iconic No.7 shirt at Old Trafford, but Beckham does not believe that he was the greatest player to wear that number.
“No. I was lucky to play against Cristiano and play with Brazilian Ronaldo for four years.
“I was proud as a Manchester United player that we were successful and proud that we brought the best players to our team.”