Agent admits Beckham suffers from asthma
DAVID BECKHAM has suffered from a mild form of asthma since childhood, the England midfielder’s spokesman reportedly told British newspapers.
Beckham, 34, was photographed using an inhaler during LA Galaxy’s 5-4 defeat on penalties by Real Salt Lake in Major League Soccer’s championship game in Seattle on Sunday .
“David has suffered with this since he was a young boy, but it has obviously had no effect on his perfor mance,” Beckham’s agent, Simon Oliveira, was quoted as saying in The Daily Mail.
“He has never sought to make it public, but if it does inspire any sufferer to think they can achieve great things, like many other sportsmen have done, then so much the better.”
Beckham played extra time with Galaxy for the second time in two weeks on Sunday, and was coughing badly after the game, having struggled with a cold in the build-up to the MLS final.
Before the match, he had pain- killing injections to cope with a bruised right ankle. Galaxy used all three substitutes, so he limped through extra time.
Beckham scored his penalty, but Galaxy captain, Landon Donovan, was among those to miss, and Salt Lake won the shootout after a 1-1 draw following extra time, to claim a surprise triumph.
The former Real Madrid and Manchester United star will rejoin AC Milan on loan in January as he attempts to make England’s World Cup squad for next year’s finals.