David Beckham was told he might never play football again after rupturing his achilles
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David Beckham was told by a surgeon that he might not play football again after a freak injury.
On March 14, 2010, during his second loan spell at AC Milan, a devastated Beckham left the San Siro in tears after he completely tore his left achilles tendon during a Serie A clash against Chievo.
In the latter stages of that game, Beckham, who was completely unmarked when he received the ball, looked over his shoulder as if someone had kicked him in the leg.
But there was no contact. He went down and was eventually carried off in a devastating moment for the former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder.
At the time, England manager Fabio Capello was determined to select Beckham in his 23-man squad ahead of the 2010 World Cup but the next day, doctors would rule him out of the tournament following surgery.
Ahead of the upcoming release of Save Our Squad with David Beckham – a Disney Plus documentary that drops on 9 November – Beckham opened up about a number of topics, including his toughest career moments.
You can see him speaking to Save Our Squad stars Orlando and Kuro in the recent episode of The Gap on LADbible's YouTube channel below.
Beckham said: "I think I've had a couple of tough moments. I got a bad injury when I was playing for AC Milan. I ruptured my achilles and was told by the surgeon that I might not be able to play again. That was a really tough moment.
"But the toughest moment was when I got a red card in the World Cup against Argentina. People were doubting me as a player, as a professional, and I went through a difficult time, on and off the pitch. But I was at Manchester United at the time and I had a great manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, that supported me.
"It was a great team with great teammates, and more importantly, the fans at Manchester United got me through the difficult moments."
Beckham also spoke about the proudest moment in a career that included six Premier League titles, two FA Cups and, of course, that Champions League win with Manchester United in 1999.
"Luckily, I had a long career. I had a career that went on for 22 years professionally. I started at Manchester United when I was 14 years old, and I finished playing at Paris when I was 38 years old," he said.
"I think winning the treble for Manchester United where we won the Premier League, The FA Cup and the Champions League all in one season in 1999, that was a big moment.
"But my proudest moment has to be being given the captain's armband for England.
"Representing my country was the most important thing that happened in my career, and being made captain was the proudest."
Away from the past and Becks named Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe as his favourite player.
"It's hard to actually pick a favourite player of mine these days," he said. 'I like [Kylian] Mbappe, I think he's an exciting player. He's a player that has already won the World Cup and done so much in his career, but I think he's got so much left."