SOCCER LEGEND DAVID BECKHAM ON WHY A GOOD WHISKY IS WORTH THE WAIT
SOCCER LEGEND DAVID BECKHAM HARDLY DRANK TILL HE RETIRED TWO YEARS AGO. BUT SOME THINGS ARE WORTH WAITING FOR.
I DIDN’T EVER REALLY ENJOY a drink—at least not properly—until after I retired, in 2013. My career lasted 21 years, and I didn’t consume a lot of alcohol during that time. I couldn’t. Of course, there was the odd night, celebrating a win. But even that was a challenge. One memorable example was in 1999, when Manchester United won the league championship. Typically, you’d have a big celebration afterward. We didn’t, because we had to play six days later in the FA Cup final. We won that, but then we had to get ready for the championship final a week later. By the time we won the treble, we were so exhausted we could hardly stand.
So really, I had to wait quite a while to savor a glass of whisky, but that just made it all the more enjoyable. It was not long after we launched Haig Club, a single grain I’m associated with. I was up in Scotland with my family and a few friends—just seven of us—in a nice, cozy little room in this lovely whisky bar. I was in a beautiful place with people that I loved, having a whisky I enjoy so much.
I had been so focused over those two decades, I woke up all of a sudden and thought, OK, what do I get to do now? I actually do get to go out to dinner and have a glass of wine or a glass of whisky?
That’s not to say I’m sitting in a rocking chair. Last year I took a motorbike trip through the Amazon, and I’m working on setting up an MLS expansion club in Miami. But it’s so nice to have some time to relax and enjoy life with family and friends. —as told to oliver jones