Agent ad­mits Beck­ham suf­fers from asthma

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODPASTIMES -

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.

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