David Beckham joined other football stars to pay tribute during the funeral service of Neville Neville in Bury Thursday. The former England captain paid his last respects, along with footballers Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes, Hello!magazine reported.
The father of former Manchester United players Gary and Phil Neville passed away on Aug. 7 due to a heart attack while visiting daughter Tracey, who was in Australia at that time. Neville or “Big Nev” was a big supporter of all his children during their sporting careers.
The funeral service for the 65-year-old former Bury Football Club director was held at the Bury Parish Church. Aside from family members, the service was reportedly attended by high profile guests.
Beckham was seen entering the church with close friend Dave Gardner, whom the soccer star played with during their Manchester United youth team days. Beckham was also joined by his mother, Sandra, during Neville’s funeral service.
The former player also reportedly took to Instagram earlier this month to pay tribute to Neville. Beckham’s touching Instagram post showed an old picture of him with son Brooklyn. He wrote, "When someone cares for other people's children the way he does his own then you know that person is special.”
Aside from Beckham, Giggs, Scholes and Gardner, former Manchester United executive Sir Alex Ferguson also joined Thursday’s funeral service. Former Bolton Wanderers and West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce also attended the service, along with Nicky Butt, Hull City boss Steve Bruce and Everton defender Phil Jagielka, according to the Independent.
Neville’s two sons, Phil and Gary acted as pallbearers for the service while their sister Tracy walked behind them with mother Julie. The two brothers reportedly read a poem during the funeral, and a touching video tribute was also played.
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