David Beckham, Ronaldo and Batistuta link up for star-studded padel match in Qatar during World Cup

BRAZILIAN icon Ronaldo joined David Beckham as a star-studded line up of football legends linked up for a game of padel.

The group put World Cup rivalries aside as they met up in Qatar.

https://www.instagram.com/davidbeckhamFormer Real Madrid team-mates David Beckham and Ronaldo met up in Qatar[/caption]

https://www.instagram.com/ronaldoBeckham and Ronaldo were joined by other footballing legends for a game of padel[/caption]

https://www.instagram.com/davidbeckhamBeckham enjoyed chatting to former rivals[/caption]

https://www.instagram.com/ronald_de_boer_There was a game of South America vs Europe[/caption]

Beckham and Ronaldo are former team-mates at Real Madrid, although they were on opposite sides of the pitch in England’s 2002 World Cup quarter-final defeat to Brazil.

And the pair were on opposite sides of the padel court, too.

They were joined by Argentina legend Gabriel Batistuta and Australian hero Tim Cahill for a game of the popular Spanish racket sport.

Becks and Co also played alongside Dutch icons Ronald de Boer and Patrick Kluivert.

In a friendly game of South America vs Europe, Beckham, 47, lined up alongside De Boer, 52, on the opposite side of the net to Ronaldo, 46 and Batistuta, 53.

However, it’s not clear who came out on top.

Although former England captain Beckham enjoyed reminiscing with old pals.

He wrote on Instagram: “Catching up with friends talking about old times. Love Padel.” 


Becks posted a snap of himself grinning alongside Ronaldo, plus another of the legends deep in conversation after their game.

Padel is the world’s fastest-growing racket sport – and is quite the hit with retired footballers.

A number of other former stars recently took part in ‘Legends’ tournament in Qatar, which was organised by Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi.

Al-Khelaifi is also the president of the recently launched Premier Padel, the only official global padel tour.

The sport is a mixture of tennis and squash and is played in an enclosed court with rackets that don’t have strings.

Ex-England skipper John Terry, former Spain captain Iker Casillas and Italian icons Francesco Totti, Alessandro Del Piero and Marco Materazzi were just a handful of those to appear in the tournament.

https://www.instagram.com/premierpadelJohn Terry was part of a ‘Legends’ padel tournament in Qatar[/caption]

https://www.instagram.com/premierpadelEx-Spain captain Iker Casillas took part in the competition[/caption]

https://www.instagram.com/premierpadelA number of World Cup legends tried their hand at the popular racket sport[/caption]