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UK's EU referendum: David Beckham explains why he will be voting Remain

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 21 June 2016, 16:13 IST

The 'Vote Remain' camp in the United Kingdom ahead of the crucial EU referendum on Thursday, 23 June, has found another celebrity backer in David Beckham. The former Manchester United and Real Madrid star has pledged to vote for UK to remain a part of the European Union in the poll.

In a heartfelt message shared on his Instagram account, Beckham said that Britain would benefit from 'facing the problems of the world together and not alone'.

The legendary English footballer hailed the contributions of his non-British teammates to Manchester United during his time at the club, and said that he was 'privileged to play and live in Madrid, Milan, and Paris with teammates from all around Europe and the world'.

Beckham had won twelve titles with United, Real and PSG during his career in European football. Ten of those titles came at Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson.

Here is his Instagram message in full:

I'm passionate about my country and whatever the result of Thursday's referendum, we will always be Great. Each side has the right to their opinion and that should always be respected whatever the outcome of the European Referendum. I played my best years at my boyhood club, Manchester United. I grew up with a core group of young British players that included Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and the Neville Brothers. Added to that was an experienced group of older British players such as Gary Pallister, Steve Bruce and Paul Ince. Now that team might have gone on to win trophies but we were a better and more successful team because of a Danish goalkeeper, Peter Schmeichel, the leadership of an Irishman Roy Keane and the skill of a Frenchman in Eric Cantona. I was also privileged to play and live in Madrid, Milan and Paris with teammates from all around Europe and the world. Those great European cities and their passionate fans welcomed me and my family and gave us the opportunity to enjoy their unique and inspiring cultures and people. We live in a vibrant and connected world where together as a people we are strong. For our children and their children we should be facing the problems of the world together and not alone. For these reasons I am voting to Remain

A photo posted by David Beckham (@davidbeckham) on

First published: 21 June 2016, 16:13 IST
 
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