Gary Neville explains why he was 'relieved' when David Beckham left Man United

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David Beckham might not quite be the greatest players to ever play the game, but he is certainly the among the most famous.

The 115-time England international and long-serving Three Lions skipper had a glorious career that saw him win titles in four different countries.

Beckham also came second in the Ballon d'Or award back in 1999 when Manchester United won the treble, falling only to Brazilian superstar Rivaldo.

The former set-piece specialist burst onto the scene as part of the 'Class of '92' that featured the likes of Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt, Phil Neville and Gary Neville.

However, despite winning six Premier League titles, two FA Cups and one Champions League during his time at Old Trafford, his relations with the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson were souring long before his move to Real Madrid in 2003.

Now Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville told StrettyNewsTV how Beckham was never going to spend his entire career with United.

"He always harboured this hope of playing abroad, I think, and playing in European football,” Neville said.

“Looking at what he’s done in his career now - playing at Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan, Manchester United, LA Galaxy, it’s a great career.

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"You can’t look at it and think that he was wrong. He’s richer for those experiences.”

Furthermore, Beckham's former right-side colleague said he was 'relieved' when the England captain finally left the club. However, it had nothing to do with Beckham as a player.

“His time had probably come at United where he was right to leave,” Neville added.

“There was a bit of me that was relieved that that tension, that little bit of an underlying thing that was there had gone.

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“He was a brilliant player and I loved playing with him.”

Beckham has to be considered one of the most successful English players of all-time. Precious few venture aborad, and the ones that have tend to flirt with one country before returning home eventually.

Beckham was a success everywhere he went and with a CV that includes United, Real Madrid, AC Milan, LA Galaxy and PSG, it doesn't get much better than that.

Not bad places to live either, by the way!

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