David Beckham Takes a Free-Kick Fall on Football Ambassador Trip to China
David Beckham proved that even global icons in football can get it disastrously wrong while he was in China as an ambassador for the game.
The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder took advantage of the international break for the 2014 World Cup Qualifiers and made the trip to the Far East in a bid to boost the appeal of football in the country.
The 37-year-old is hoping his trip to China will promote the name of the Chinese Super League and raise the profile of the game within the country and beyond (BBC Sport).
Professional football is celebrating its 20th anniversary in China, but interest in the national league has flagged after high-profile players such as Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka returned to Europe after short stints in the country.
Beckham has been visiting schools in China to coach youngsters, but came a cropper on his trip to the Wuhan Zall club in the Hubei province.
But Beckham's effort went spectacularly wrong as the PSG man fell backwards after striking the ball, and his feet slipped from under him (Daily Mail).
The former England international fell to the floor on his backside, but he took the fall in good grace in front of the press photographers, who captured the incident.
Was Beckham showing his Chinese fans how he managed to fall, or is he simply just a plain old Joe who fell foul of trying to play football while wearing a suit?
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