David Beckham was left embarrassed as he slipped over and landed on his backside in front of a group of young Chinese footballers while demonstrating his free kick technique.
David Beckham, 37, dropped to the ground during his Far East tour as part of his five-day ambassadorial visit to China.
The football superstar was dressed in a luxury grey suit and black shoes as he lined up to swing in a free-kick in front of starstruck players from Wuhan Zall club in the Hubei province.
But it all went horribly wrong when the Paris St Germain midfielder lost his balance and ended up flat on his back – although he appeared to take the fall in good spirits.
As David Beckham ran up to curve a ball into the top corner of the goal he took a terrible fall and slipped up into the air before crashing into the ground.
David Beckham slipped over and landed on his backside in front of a group of young Chinese footballers while demonstrating his free kick technique
Meanwhile, the former England captain has vowed to promote football in China over a long period of time, and make it one of the most popular leagues in the world.
“Thank you for having me in your wonderful city,” wrote David Beckham on Friday after being mobbed upon his arrival in Qingdao.
David Beckham, who has played four games for new side Paris Saint-Germain and completed his first 90 minutes last week before the international break, said: “I want people to realize this is not a short-term project.
“It is something that we are very passionate about changing the mentality of the league and bringing youngsters through and making this league as popular as some of the big leagues in the world.”
David Beckham continued: “I’ve always been a fan of Chinese football because I think the players are very talented and they are very passionate.
“When you see the excitement throughout this country when the team has done well you see how important it is to people. I am excited to make a difference.”
David Beckham has arrived in Beijing to begin his new role as a special ambassador for Chinese football.
David Beckham’s new role will involve attending league matches in China and visiting clubs to help promote football to children.
His appointment, announced earlier this month, comes as Chinese football works to recover from a match-fixing scandal that saw dozens of top officials, players and referees jailed or banned.
David Beckham, 37, will combine the role with playing for Paris St-Germain.
“I am helping in the education for young kids and young aspiring footballers,” the footballer said in a press conference.
“It’s as simple as that. I am not here to clear up anything. I am here to educate the children and give them a chance of becoming professional footballers.”
In a nation of 1.3 billion people some estimates suggest that fewer than 100,000 youths play any form of organized football.
In terms of television viewers China has plenty of fans, but many prefer to watch foreign games over the tarnished domestic league.
David Beckham’s new role will involve attending league matches in China and visiting clubs to help promote football to children
In February, China’s football association banned 33 players and officials for life after a three-year probe into match-fixing.
Two ex-heads of the Chinese football league were also jailed in June 2012 for corruption, four months after the country’s top referee, Lu Jun, was imprisoned for taking money to influence games.
The Chinese national team has also failed to qualify for the 2014 World Cup.
David Beckham’s four-day visit will include training sessions with primary schoolchildren and visits to football clubs in Beijing, Qingdao and Wuhan.
David Beckham, one of the most globally recognized names in football, has won a league championship at all three of the clubs he has played for on a permanent basis – Manchester United, Real Madrid and LA Galaxy.