England take on Colombia at the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Tuesday night and if they want inspiration for their last-16 tie with Los Cafeteros, they need to look no furhter than former skipper David Beckham.
Beckham, who supplied sensational assists for Real Madrid and Manchester United during his playing assists while scoring some bangers from set-pieces, proved he’s still got it at the age of 43 in a commercial for German footwear giant Adidas.
Zinedine Zidane may be among the most in-demand managers in world football at the moment after leading Los Blancos to a unprecedented hat-trick of UEFA Champions League titles, but not so long ago the classy Frenchman was bossing midfields in Europe.
So when you get two of the most iconic midfielders of the 90s and the 2000s together for a commercial, magic is bound to happen:
The duo, who famously were together at Real during the ‘Galaticos’ era, are now enjoying their retirement.
While Zidane has exceeded expectations with his foray into management, the former central midfielder is enjoying a well-deserved sabbatical after making Real the most dominant side in Europe for the past three seasons.
Beckham hasn’t gone into management but a consortium headed by him have acquired a MLS (Major League Soccer) expansion side that is expected to play in the league from 2020 onwards.
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Both of their respective nations are still in contention for their second World Cup title.
France beat Argentina 4-3 on the weekend to reach the quarters, where they will play Uruguay on Friday night (19.30 IST) while England face off with Colombia in the last round-of-16 tie on Tuesday night (23.30 IST).