David Beckham has kicked off his global journey.
Beckham, 40, – who will play seven soccer games in seven continents, for a new BBC One documentary, and raise awareness and funds for UNICEF – took to Instagram on Wednesday to share a few snaps from his extraordinary trip.
“Team bus on the way to our first match in Papua New Guinea,” the father of four captioned the photo. “7 games in 7 continents…#LoveOfTheGame.”
Along with Papua New Guinea, Beckham – who launched 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund earlier this year to mark his 10-year anniversary as aUNICEF Goodwill Ambassador – will also travel to Nepal, Buenos Aires, Djibouti, Miami and Antarctica, where he will play soccer matches with people from the local community.
“I remember sitting on a plane and discussing this idea with friends and never thinking it would become a reality,” Beckham told BBC One. “I’m genuinely excited now we can realise this ambitious idea.”
He continued: “Whether as a player or out in the field for UNICEF and other charitable partners, I have seen the transformational effect that sport and in particular football has on people’s lives. This epic journey will allow me to show the positive side of the game I love and shine a light on the passion and selflessness of people that play this sport as a force for good.”
And Beckham’s wife, Victoria couldn’t be more proud of her husband. “David in Papua New Guinea on his 7 games in 7 continents trip x vb #LoveOfTheGame @Unicef,” she wrote along with a photo of Beckham.
Beckham’s final game, the UNICEF Match for Children, will take place at Old Trafford field – home of the Manchester United team whom Beckham played with until 2003 – on Nov. 14 and will mark Beckham’s first time playing an official match since his retirement in 2013.
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