In soccer history, many memorable conflict situations mark the careers and lives of all its participants. The clash between Diego Simeone and David Beckham is one of them. However, the surprising fact is that these two great players met at the 2022 World Cup and took selfies together. For those people who have not heard about these legendary figures, it makes sense to look at the statistics of their performances for their clubs and national teams. It is possible to do this on the website, where they post the schedule with football matches tomorrow.
The conflict between Simeone and Beckham occurred in 1998 at the World Cup. The essence of that story was as follows:
- 1998 World Cup. 1/8 finals. England faced Argentina, where the players in question were.
- In the 47th minute, there was a pretty violent confrontation when Simeone pulled Beckham down, but the referee didn’t notice anything.
- In response, Beckham hit Simeone in front of the referee, after which he immediately began showing exaggerated pain.
- The result – was the removal of David, the loss of the national team, and several years of harassment from the fans and the press.
Simeone did not deny that he took advantage of the moment to earn a suspension for his opponent. It was all for the sake of the result. This act did not significantly affect Simeone’s career because he was already a rather rude or dirty player. However, Beckham, before the save in the match against Greece in 2001, received negative press for quite a long time, at least when playing for the national team. Tomorrow, immediately after the incident, the local media had already become highly critical of the player, with the result of the national team in the past football matches overshadowed. Nevertheless, that event is still in the memory of loyal fans.
What happened to Beckham after the 1998 World Cup?
There is an opinion that Beckham has not realized his potential, and fans can partially agree. Although the game statistics show otherwise, the soccer player is evaluated not only by statistics or results football. Beckham will go down in history, at least for his recognizable style of execution standards. He could play in the great teams with the legendary partners at “Manchester United” and “Real,” was close to getting the golden ball, and became successful in the media. Theoretically, he could have been more successful in terms of results by not moving to Real Madrid, although this is a moot point. However, Beckham still had a few successful football seasons with fantastic results, and many young players can dream of a similar career.