David Beckham Takes a Free-Kick Fall on Football Ambassador Trip to China

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterMarch 23, 2013

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.

The former Manchester United, Real Madrid and LA Galaxy star was showing the young players how to take free-kicks, one of his specialities, and lined up his set-piece in front of an expectant crowd.

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.

However, we could not let the moment pass with out comparing it to a missed penalty for England during the 2004 European Championships qualifier against Turkey in 2003.

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?