David Beckham reveals his middle name was inspired by Sir Bobby Charlton

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David Beckham is one of the most famous people in the world and there is very little that the public doesn't know about him.

The former Manchester United star is always in the public eye and there are very few things he can do, or say, without it being reported.

However, the 40-year-old has just revealed something that even some United fans may not have known - he was named after a Manchester United legend.


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Before you all start racking your brains for all the ‘David’s’ that have played at Old Trafford, it was his middle name, Robert, that was inspired by a former Red Devil.

That’s because his Father, Ted, was a massive fan of Sir Bobby Charlton.

Charlton is set to be honoured at the weekend by the club with a stand at the Theatre of Dreams being named after him.

Charlton's influence

And Beckham has revealed how much Charlton influenced him early in his career.

“I was lucky enough to meet him when I went to the Bobby Charlton Soccer School at the age of 10 when I first came here, and I won it when I was 11,” he told MUTV, per The Sun.

“It was a dream to meet him because he was my dad’s favourite player and my middle name Robert is after Sir Bobby!”

Beckham continued: “He would always try to help the young players. When you play for a club and you have ex-players that come and talk to you that are involved with the team, it means a lot.

“But when you have Sir Bobby Charlton come up to you and say well done or this is how you can do something better or this is how you represent the club, it means something.

“It means so much when you have someone of that stature and with that experience who is a legend at the club you support. He means so much to so many people, especially to Manchester United fans and England fans,” he added.

Charlton's tribute

Charlton is ranked second in United’s all-time appearances, with 758, and this weekend will see him celebrated by the Old Trafford faithful with the re-naming of the South Stand.

The former midfielder played 17 seasons at the club and survived the Munich air disaster in 1958.

Whilst at United, Charlton won three league titles as well as the 1968 European Cup where his two goals helped overcome Benfica 4-1 after extra-time.

On Sunday, when United face Everton, supporters at Old Trafford will hold aloft a mosaic reading: “Sir Bobby” to honour the man who is still a member of Manchester United board of directors, a role which he accepted in 1984.

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