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Beckham on show in Madrid

Published: Wednesday 2 July 2003, 21.58CET
Real Madrid CF have officially unveiled England captain David Beckham as their latest signing.

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Published: Wednesday 2 July 2003, 21.58CET

Beckham on show in Madrid

Real Madrid CF have officially unveiled England captain David Beckham as their latest signing.
Real Madrid CF have officially unveiled England captain David Beckham as their latest signing.

New number
Beckham was introduced to more than 500 journalists from 25 countries at the club's basketball stadium in a ceremony shown live on television around the world. Madrid great Alfredo di Stéfano presented the 28-year-old midfield player with the No23 shirt.

Warm welcome
"Beckham is here because we believe in him as a footballer," said Madrid president Florentino Pérez. "David, welcome to the dream league." Beckham put pen to paper on his four-year contract yesterday after passing a medical that sealed his €35m move to the nine-time European Champion Clubs' Cup winners.

Dream move
In a short speech, Beckham said it was a dream to join the Spanish champions. "I have always loved football," he said. "Of course, I love my family. I have a wonderful life, but football is everything to me and joining Real Madrid is a dream come true. "

Time for holiday
He added: "I would like to say thank you to everyone who has come and joined me on my arrival. Gracias - hala Madrid!" Beckham will return to London for a three-week break before linking up with new Madrid coach Carlos Queiroz and the rest of the squad later in July.

Last updated: 03/07/03 12.06CET

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