Waddle: Beckham not in top 1,000 Premier League players
Former England winger Chris Waddle claims the retiring David Beckham would not rank in the top 1,000 Premier League players.
Beckham, the 38-year-old who is England's most-capped outfield player, announced yesterday that he will retire from football at the end of the season.
Waddle, who played for Newcastle and Tottenham, called Beckham "good but not great".
He told BBC Radio 5 Live: "You can go down a list of footballers since the Premier League and I don't think David Beckham would probably be in the first 1,000.
"I would say he has been a good player, I wouldn't put him down as a great."
Beckham is the first English player to win league titles in four different countries after his latest success this season with Paris St Germain.
He also won six Premier League titles and the Champions League with Manchester United, and was twice voted runner-up in FIFA's world player awards.
But Waddle added: "I think there have been a lot more talented players in the world. But he made the most of what he has got.
"He has got a terrific image and used it very well. He never had a trick, wasn't particularly quick, but he was very good at set-pieces and deliveries, he made chances and made goals and was fantastic for clubs.
"He said the right things, he sold shirts, he put money in the tills wherever he went and conducted himself well.
"As a player I would say he was a fantastic crosser of the ball, a great athlete," said Waddle.
"Now people will be talking about him and saying 'how great, how great'. I would say 'how good'."