Ex-Man Utd defender Eckersley: Beckham better than Ronaldo

Former Manchester United defender Adam Eckersley rates David Beckham ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Eckersley, now of Aarhus, played with Real Madrid icons while at United.

He told the Daily Mail: "David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo are the best I’ve played with. If I had to choose? Beckham.

"I remember a first-team session at United, eight versus eight. Roy Keane was on my team; Beckham was on theirs. He kept crossing, and they kept scoring from them. I couldn’t get near him. Keane was shouting at me, going mad: 'Adam! You’ve got to get out to him, stop the crosses!'

"I thought: 'The best full backs in the world can’t stop him, so what chance do I have!'

"Keane just wanted the best though. I’m a bit like that with the younger players now."

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