Beckham bonds with abused children

Updated: 02 December 2011 18:58 IST

Away from fans' prying eyes, David Beckham has taken time out from soccer to share his experience and listen to Filipino children struggling to rebuild their broken lives.

Beckham bonds with abused children

Manila:

Away from fans' prying eyes, David Beckham has taken time out from soccer to share his experience and listen to Filipino children struggling to rebuild their broken lives.

The 36-year-old former England captain is also a UNICEF goodwill ambassador.

He visited a shelter for abused children in a suburb of Manila on Friday, telling the kids "it's so important to have a dream."

Wearing a black UNICEF T-shirt and gray denim pants, Beckham listened intently in a private conversation with a group of five children, telling them how he started playing as a 7-year-old and eventually achieved his dream of playing for Manchester United.

Beckham and his Los Angeles Galaxy teammates are playing an exhibition against the Philippine national team this weekend.

Topics : Football David Beckham
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