Football manager Sir Alex Ferguson claims David Beckham's focus changed from football to the celebrity lifestyle when he married wife Victoria.
The ESPN reported that Ferguson revealed that his relationship with Beckham changed after he married Victoria, a former Spice Girl, causing United to eventually sell him to Real Madrid.
"As a young kid when I got him at 12 years of age his great desire was to play some of the best football,'' Ferguson said. "He was a fantastic trainer, practiced all the time. At night-time he would come by with the schoolboys and practice with them. And he was in that collection."
"And then of course, his life changed, when he married the girl from The Spice Girls. And his focus changed."
"He got drawn into that celebrity status. And for me, I'm a football man. I'm a football man. He lost the focus. And when we sold him to Real Madrid, he did well.''
Ending his career at the age of 38 with Paris St Germain, Beckham also became England's most-capped outfield player and Ferguson admits that, despite his global celebrity status, he would have preferred to have seen him succeed more on the pitch.