Former Man Utd star Beckham receives PFA Merit award

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David Beckham was honoured at the PFA ceremony on Sunday as he received the Merit award for services to football.

Manchester United and England legend Beckham won six Premier League titles, two FA Cups and a Champions League trophy during a hugely successful period with the Red Devils.

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The former Real Madrid star also earned 115 caps for his country, with his last cap for the Three Lions coming in 2009.

Speaking after receiving the award, Beckham said: "The PFA's such an important part of the game, to be awarded this is special.

"I was lucky to have the career I had, to have played with the teams I played for, with the managers I've had, and obviously the team-mates I've had, it's been a special career for me - 22 years.

"I played in different countries, and obviously represented my country for the amount of times I did. I feel very blessed."

Beckham also praised Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante, who was awarded the PFA Player of the Year gong.

He added: "What I love about him... he plays the game in such a humble way. I was at Stamford Bridge a few weeks back when United played Chelsea.

"He works hard, he can pass the ball, he can tackle, he can score goals like he did that night.

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"When he was running into players, whether it be an accident or not an accident, he reacts in the right way, and that says a lot about him as a personality.

"He's a special talent, and to be the man mountain that he is, and the size he is, says a lot about him."

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