Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has labelled Paris Saint-Germain and England midfielder David Beckham as the perfect role model for youngsters getting involved in the game.
The news was announced on Thursday that Beckham is to retire from football at the end of the season, despite just signing for the French side, and the news sparked a lot of praise and tributes for the Englishman.
Beckham has won major trophies in; England, Spain, America and now France and is considered one of the best ambassadors for football after going throughout his career without stealing the headlines in a negative way.
'Golden Balls' as he is famously known burst onto the scenes 20-years-ago as a baby-faced teenager, much like Jack Wilshere did a few years ago, and the Arsenal midfielder has hailed Beckham as the perfect role-model for any young midfielder.
Wilshere was lucky enough to train with Beckham whilst the midfielder was regaining his fitness at the club before signing for PSG and the Arsenal-man said he was surprised about how dedicated he still was to the game.
“For me, he is the biggest English footballer there has ever been - both on and off the pitch,” he told Arsenal Player.
“Sometimes people forget what he did on the pitch, he was a great player and he showed that for many years. For any young English midfielder, and for me growing up, he was the perfect role model.
“You can just watch him and learn - not just the way he plays but from his attitude as well, his professionalism and his love for the game. That rubs off on everyone.”