David Beckham, who retired this week after a glorious, 20-year playing career, lacked the one element that I always reckon is the key ingredient for a top-class player, namely pace. Yet Beckham, though not in the same bracket as men like Pele, Maradona, Messi and Ronaldo, was the exception to my rule. From the moment he burst on to the scene at Manchester United he performed to the highest standards at the highest level at Old Trafford, Real Madrid and Milan. He had immense stamina, a tremendous delivery and he was the scorer of some outstanding goals. Beckham won a remarkable 115 England caps and he was also a marvellous ambassador. Well done, David.