The family-focused football legend gushes about his kids and love for charity work
David’s ascent to the athletes’ A-list (and subsequently, the celebrity and fashion A-list) has not been without its bumps in the road. In the 1998 World Cup, he received a red card after kicking a rival player and was then kicked out of the field himself. As a result, he became the target of blame, criticism and even death threats.
“It was difficult, but now I look back and I’m glad it happened, in a way,” he said of the infamous incident. “I mean, I wish it didn’t, but now I realise why it did – to make me a stronger, better and more mature person and player.”
David eventually rose from zero to hero, and over the new few years, put his fame and influence to good use for another one of his passions: philanthropy.
“I know a lot of people say this, but [charity is] something that gives me a lot of happiness,” he said. “When I retired, everyone asked if I was going to be a manager or a coach, but that’s never really interested me. I love football but I’m very passionate about the charity side.”
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