Former England captain and Manchester United icon, David Beckham revealed that one of his sons hinted to him of being unsure whether a career in professional football is right for him.
Beckham - whose young sons Brooklyn, 16, Romeo, 13, and Cruz, 10, have all been enrolled at Arsenal’s Hale End academy - would ideally like to see them follow his path in football, but only if they are genuinely happy to do so.
As reported by the Daily Mirror, the doting father of four told of how one of his sons confided in him about the pressure of failing to live up to the Beckham name. Notably, Brooklyn was confirmed to be released by Arsenal earlier this year, while his younger brothers Romeo and Cruz were to be retained.
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According to Beckham Snr, his son told him:
“Every time that I step onto the field, I know people are saying, you know, 'This is David Beckham's son,' and if I'm not as good as you, then it's not good enough.”
It is easy to empathise with the son in question, as Becks is arguably a huge role model for so many people - even with the non-Man Utd-following masses - not just as an athlete, but also as a human being. Imagine the pressure when this world idol happens to be your dad.
It is hardly surprising that the Beckham's want their sons to pursue careers in professional football as it can be hugely rewarding.
Indeed for top athletes it is one of the most lucrative professional sports – nine out of the 17 highest paying professional sports leagues based on average player wages are association football leagues. Premier League footballers earned an average of £43,000-a-week during the 2013-14 season. Even the average Championship player earned almost £10,000-a -week.
And this is all before we make mention of the rockstar status and immense job satisfaction that comes with being a professional footballer.
Yet, all is not lost for Beckham and son, as the world certainly does not revolve around professional athletes.
Will any of David Beckham's son's ever venture into the world of professional football? Give YOUR opinion in the comment box below.