25 November, 2009
The revelation came after Beckham was seen using an inhaler at half-time during LA Galaxy’s major league soccer cup Final on 22nd November 2009. Amazingly, despite having lived with the condition since childhood, it is the first time the iconic footballer had ever been pictured using his inhaler. Speaking to the press Beckham said, “ I’ve got a slight case of asthma which I’ve had for years. Its never come out (until now) because I’ve had no reason to talk about it, but that’s just me.”
He admitted that he always feels worn out at the end of a football season, but didn’t attribute this to his medical condition. “You don’t come to the end of the season and feel fresh because if you did there’d be something wrong with the effort you’ve given throughout the season.”
Playing things down, Beckham insisted having asthma should not affect his future as a footballer.
He added, “ It should be fine. I’ve played 65 games a season for the last 20 years, so it doesn’t affect the future.”
Around a million children have asthma, and it's hoped that seeing Beckham using his inhaler may help them realize having asthma doesn't have to stop them achieving things.
The player’s agent Simon Oliveira said, “He has never sought to make it public but if it does inspire any sufferer to think they can achieve great things like many other sportsmen have done then so much the better.” Beckham takes regular medicine to control his asthma, which makes it all the more remarkable that he had managed to keep his condition under wraps for so long.
Dr. Mike Thomas, chief medical advisor to Asthma UK said, “ Asthma is particularly common among elite sportspeople. Paul Scholes and Paula Radcliffe both suffer with the condition – proof that asthma needn’t stop you competing at the highest level.”