Friday, January 23, 2009

friendly visit; Beckham pays visit to Stevano Borgonovo (GOAL.COM)

David Beckham paid visit to Stevano Borgonovo who happened to be Milan striker when he was young. a match was dedicated to him back in October 08, however, Becks was unable to attend the match due to availability. he was no Milan player that time and it would seem inappropriate to attend the match when he was yet to sign with AC Milan. here's the article:

David Beckham decided to pay a visit to former Milan striker and ALS sufferer Stefano Borgonovo today, after missing out on the recent charity match in his honour.

Since he was not yet a Milan player, David Beckham did not take part in the recent charity match the Rossoneri organised in honor of their former striker Stefano Borgonovo, who is suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a paralyzing illness.

However, today he wanted to make amends and decided to pay him a visit, along with coach Carlo Ancelotti, after the afternoon training session.

Beckham and Borgonovo talked about his illness, and also about their respective football schools. Beckham's are based in London, Los Angeles, and another is being built in Brazil, while Borgonovo has one in his birth town of Giussano, where he also lives now.

44-year-old Borgonovo played for both Milan and Fiorentina during a long career, and even made it to the Italian national team for a brief period in the late 1980's.

On 8 October 2008 a friendly was organised by Milan and Fiorentina at the Artemio Franchi stadium, which saw a number of former stars of both clubs turn up, to raise awareness of his rare illness, which also killed another footballer, Gianluca Signorini, in 2002.

Borgonovo attended the match as well, in spite of his condition, and was accompanied by his former Fiorentina team mate Roberto Baggio.

--Danilo Pochini,

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