David Beckham reveals free-kick secrets

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Ex-Manchester United star David Beckham owes the set-piece success he enjoyed over the course of his career to numerous hours spent practicing as a child, which even included kicking cuddly toys in his sister's bedroom.

The recently retired former England captain became renowned for his ability from a dead ball, and scored numerous memorable free-kicks for club and country during almost 20 years playing at the top level.

Beckham, a former icon at both Old Trafford and the Santiago Bernabeu, was well known for his endeavour on the training pitch, but he says his dedication came long before he turned professional with Manchester United.

The 38-year-old, who was signed by Sir Alex Ferguson in 1991, has explained how he would spend endless nights at the park with his father perfecting his free-kick taking technique.

Beckham would then return home and, with no balls in the house, would boot the Care Bear toys owned by his sister, such was his thirst for the game at a young age.

"When my dad got home from work, we would go over to the goalposts together. He would stand between me and the goal, forcing me to bend the ball around him," Beckham explained, as reported by the Daily Mail.

"People looking on must have thought we were mad. We kept going even when the sun had gone down, playing by the light coming out of the windows of the houses that surrounded the park.

"I would carry on playing when I got home. I wasn't allowed a football in the house so I would practice by kicking the Care Bears in my sister's bedroom. My mum thought it was funny but is showed how much I loved football. I couldn't get enough of it."

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