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A father of four children, Beckham said it was “heartbreaking to think majority of these children haven’t got parents, or haven’t got parents to care for them and love them.”

Beckham said that because of work, it’s been difficult for him “to do some of the things I would like to do _ going out into the field like I obviously have today.”

“I think it is important to raise awareness to many issues around the world, many worries around the world,” he said. “In my position, thankfully, I can create that kind of interest and awareness to things that are happening around the world.”

A highlight of his visit was a brief practice followed by a short game in which he joined one half of the shelter’s team.

The star sweated under the midday sun as he helped their shoeless goalkeeper. His side lost 1-0.