Category: Sports / February 25, 2013 4:06 PM EST
Former England captain David Beckham enjoyed a promising French league debut for Paris St Germain, riding warm crowd support in a late cameo during the 2-0 home victory over Olympique Marseille on Sunday (February 24).
The 37-year-old was greeted by a roar from the packed Parc des Princes stadium when he made his first appearance off the bench in the 75th minute and made enough of an impact to please coach Carlo Ancelotti.
Beckham, who has joined the Qatari-backed club on a five-month deal, delivered a trademark long pass from his deep midfield position shortly after coming on and stopped a Marseille counter-attack seconds later.
Beckham commented little about his own performance but gushed about the victory and the warm welcome at the "beautiful" Parc des Princes.
"Happy, very happy to win my first game, very happy to win a game against Marseille in our own stadium, it was a very important win tonight. Physically I felt good, I couldn't feel my feet, my feet were frozen, but apart from that I was very happy to be part of the team," he said. "I thought the atmosphere was incredible, you know, before the game when I stepped out, and I got the reception that I got, it was incredible, so obviously after, I want to thank the PSG fans for that, it was a special moment."
Beckham, who forms one of the world's most famous celebrity couples with his wife Victoria, a fashion designer and member of British pop act Spice Girls, has been France's main attraction since signing for PSG three weeks ago but has tried to keep his preparations low-profile.
"I'm very close to being 100 percent fit now, you know, but I never expect to start a game, you know, we have got many great players here in the team, and I am just very happy to be part of a squad that is playing well and is winning games," he said. "Obviously I'm very happy, because obviously the second goal secured the win, so I was very happy to be part of that and just happy to get on the field and play."
Coach Carlo Ancelotti, who coached Beckham during his first spell at AC Milan in 2009, dismissed suggestions he had fielded Beckham because of his iconic status, adding that Beckham could start Wednesday's (February 27) French Cup last 16 home game against Marseille.
(Video Source: Reuters)