Rugby excites Man United legend Beckham more than football

Crystal Palace's Welsh goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey (R) blocks a shot by Manchester United's English striker Wayne Rooney during the English Premier League football match between Crystal Palace and Manchester United at Selhurst Park in south London on October 31, 2015. The game finished 0-0. AFP PHOTO / OLLY GREENWOOD RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.

Crystal Palace’s Welsh goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey (R) blocks a shot by Manchester United’s English striker Wayne Rooney. AFP PHOTO / OLLY GREENWOOD

Manchester United legend David Beckham has revealed that he gets more excited watching rugby union matches more than football.

Beckham who once admitted that he used to feel “uneasy” going to watch football matches when he was a child,  won over 100 caps for England and played for great clubs such as United, Real Madrid, AC Milan, and Paris Saint German.

Speaking to the Radio Times, Beckham admitted: “I love rugby – I love watching it and I love the whole thing.

“I have enjoyed going to Twickenham more than I have enjoyed watching football.”

The former England international also stated backed Russia and Qatar to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups respectively despite the ongoing FIFA corruption scandal, which he described as a “mess”.

“Whether it’s corrupt or not, those countries have been chosen. People need to get behind that,” the 40-year-old added.

“It’s all about bringing football to new countries. I think they should stick with it.

“For me to see the game, the way it’s been treated and looked after, is devastating. It’s disgusting.”