“I wore number 23 for Michael Jordan!” : David Beckham explains how the 6’6″ Bulls legend inspired him
David Beckham is a sports icon who transcends football – even he can’t stop talking about Michael Jordan.
A global superstar like David Beckham is rarely lucky enough to feel stuck in the presence of celebrities. He is married to Posh Spice and is the Brand Ambassador for High Value Brands. Few people don’t recognize him, whether from advertisements or “Bend it like Beckham”. Such a person also has an idol – and this is Michael Jordan.
When DB7 moved from Manchester United to Real Madrid, his number was already taken. So he naturally turned to MJ’s number 23. He modeled his professional career around Jordan and tried to emulate his career with the same level of professionalism. Unlike Jordan, he jumped clubs a lot, but he was equally respected in all those places.
He even had a great dating story, which he shared on Sneaker Shopping with Complex. He told Joe La Puma about the time he went out to London for dinner with his wife and child, and someone sent him a bottle of champagne. It was common for him to receive bottles, but this one was special. Once he found out that MJ had sent him, he immediately rushed over to thank him.
Beckham took a lot of inspiration from the Bulls legend and brought some of that to his boots as well.
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Michael Jordan extends to all sports – his collaboration with Paris Saint Germain says it all
Many fans throng outside stores to get their hands on Jordan x PSG – with a football-centric fan base lining up to buy basketball merchandise. Jordan brand jerseys and shoe collaborations go well together, no wonder they sell out. Many fashion influencers sport them in their Instagram posts, which sells them even more.
Beckham himself used to endorse these shirts – until he bought his own team. If there is a collaboration with Inter Miami and JB in the future, only time will tell. More and more athletes are beginning to openly support other sports, as Josh Hart and Joel Embiid do. European footballers also made many trips to the United States to watch matches.
The NBA is a growing sport – transcendent players like David Beckham are needed to take the sport to other countries around the world.
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