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Romeo just bending it like David Beckham

Romeo Beckham, the son of England and Manchester United legend David Beckham, has scored his first goal for Inter Miami II with an excellent free-kick remarkably reminiscent of his dad’s playing days.

Playing in the third tier of American football, the 19-year-old dipped his shot over the Orlando City B wall and in to the bottom left corner.

The TV commentator quipped after the goal: ‘I think we’ve seen this before.’ It gave Miami a two-goal cushion in a game they won 3-1.

Beckham Snr posted his support on social media for his son’s performance, saying: ‘Well done mate so proud. First goal in a Miami shirt.’

Romeo responded with: ‘Love you Dad, that was for you.’

Spectacular free-kicks appear to run in the family, as they were the 47-year-old Beckham’s speciality in his playing days.

He holds the record for the most Premier League free kick’s scored with 18 (although James Ward-Prowse lurks close behind on 14) and famously scored a last-minute free kick for England against Greece to help England qualify for the 2002 World Cup.

Seeing his son score for Miami would have been extra special for Beckham Snr, who co-owns the club having founded it in 2018.

There are further Manchester United links in the Florida-based MLS side, as Beckham’s former team-mate Phil Neville manages the first team, and his son Harvey plays alongside Romeo in the reserve side.

It is the second time Romeo has made headlines this season, after he picked up three assists in one game in April.

Beckham Jnr has only recently returned to football after a five-year absence. He swapped the game for tennis in 2015 after a brief spell in Arsenal’s youth set-up, but returned to football in 2021 when he joined Miami.

Following his return to football, his famous father replaced the tennis court at their family home with a football pitch.

He has made 14 out of a possible 15 appearances for Miami II this season in the MLS Next Pro League, missing only one game. They currently sit fifth after some mixed results.

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