“Time Doesn’t Separate Friends” – Real Madrid Legend Reunites With David Beckham at Rugby World Cup, Hours After Lionel Messi Broke His 9YO Record

Published 09/09/2023, 10:14 AM EDT

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In the glitzy inaugural ceremony of the Rugby World Cup held at the iconic Stade de France in Paris, there was a surprise twist that sent fans on social media buzzing. A number of famous personalities showed up for the grand event held in Paris. One of them was soccer legend David Beckham. But it wasn’t just his presence that stole the spotlight; it was the unexpected reunion with his former teammate that had everyone talking.

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The world of sports often surprises us with intriguing connections. And this rendezvous was no different. It was a chance encounter between the two ex-teammates and both of them posted about that on Instagram. Nonetheless, the Rugby World Cup unfurled its grandeur, and France seized the opportunity to dazzle the world with their emphatic performance, defeating All Blacks New Zealand 27-13 in the opening match.

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While the World Cup opener was going on in full wave, amidst the Rugby fervor, Inter Miami owner David Beckham had a surprise reunion with his former Real Madrid teammate, Roberto Carlos. The Real Madrid and Brazil legend was also present besides Beckham at the opening day ceremony.

The two former teammates, who had shared the hallowed grounds of Santiago Bernabéu, stood shoulder to shoulder once more, celebrating their enduring friendship. Beckham captured this poignant moment and shared it on his Instagram stories with the caption, “My friend, we always smile together.”

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Meanwhile, Carlos posted the same with a beautiful caption that translates to, “Time doesn’t separate friends”.

Indeed, this unexpected reunion was a testament to the enduring bonds forged on the field of play, transcending both time and sport.

 

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While the Rugby World Cup opener was a spectacle in itself, David Beckham didn’t just limit himself to being a spectator; he immersed himself in the action. Alongside his son Cruz, Beckham snapped a picture with the legendary All-Black great, Richie McCaw, amidst a roaring crowd. Sharing his excitement on social media, Beckham posted a picture from the stadium with the caption, “So much fun at the first game of the Rugby World Cup.”

However, the Rugby World Cup wasn’t the only sporting event making waves on the day. David Beckham’s star man at Inter Miami was making headlines once again, but this time, with his national colors.

Beckham reacts to his 9-year-old record being equalized

Just hours before Beckham’s rugby adventure, another football icon, Lionel Messi, made headlines of his own. Lionel Messi, while playing for Argentina in their opening World Cup Qualifier against Ecuador, achieved another milestone in his career. The Inter Miami star forward scored the only goal of the match which led La Albiceleste to a 1-0 victory. Messi scored a direct free kick to break the deadlock in the match, which let him equalize David Beckham’s record for all-time career free kicks. This puts Messi and Beckham together on 65 total free-kicks scored.

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Acknowledging Messi’s achievement, Beckham gracefully praised the Inter Miami star, captioning his post, ‘Not bad company.’ This friendly exchange between two footballing greats added a touch of humility and camaraderie to an otherwise fiercely competitive sporting world.

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The inaugural ceremony of the Rugby World Cup brought forth not just a captivating display of sportsmanship but also unexpected reunions. As the Rugby World Cup unfolds, we can only anticipate more thrilling moments and surprises on and off the field.

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Sahil Sharma

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Sahil Sharma is a soccer writer at EssentiallySports. He's been a fan since childhood, but his love for the sport truly took off when Real Madrid won their record 10th UEFA Champions League title in 2014. That famous La Decima triumph turned him into a hardcore Madridista.
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