David Beckham speaks with authority about the beautiful game and says that if the joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup by Mexico, Canada and the United States of America would be "very special".
Beckham knows the passion
In an interview with AP, the former Manchester United, Real Madrid, PSG, AC Milan and LA Galaxy midfielder spoke highly of the three countries hoping to be granted Fifa's showpiece tournament.
"A football competition as big as the World Cup deserves to be in great places, and if the US, Canada and Mexico get that, it will be very special.
"I know the passion that runs through all three of those countries - I played in L.A. for six years and when we travelled to Canada, I have seen that passion. And don't get me started on Mexico - there are not many nations that are as passionate as Mexico.
"I went to a couple of games the last time America hosted the World Cup [in 1994], and it was incredible. Now, there are more people who understand the game and get excited about the game. The infrastructure will be there and more importantly the excitement and the passion will be there.".
David Beckham aims to use his Miami stadium as one of the USA's bases for the 2026 tournament and for this reason has more interest than most in the Fifa decision going their way.