David Beckham was not a Milan player when AC Milan played a recent charity match organised in honor of their former striker Stefano Borgonovo, who is suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a paralyzing illness.
On Thursday 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.
*What a kind and thoughtful gesture by David. He is such a great guy