Having a legendary figure as a father would help any aspiring goalkeeper to learn their trade and make the grade as a professional themselves, but Kasper Schmeichel found himself in the enviable position growing up of being surrounded by superstars.
Among those on the books at Manchester United during dad Peter’s glory days at Old Trafford was one David Beckham — with a man who would go on to win major trophies by the bucketload and earn 115 caps for England honing his skills on the playing fields at The Cliff.
Schmeichel junior was a regular visitor to the Red Devils’ training base and admits that being around world-class talent helped to inspire him — even if he was a little too young to benefit fully from its considerable experience.
The now Leicester City shot-stopper told the Foxes’ official matchday program ahead of their Champions League clash with FC Copenhagen on Tuesday: "I've known him (Beckham) since I was a kid really, from my days around The Cliff, which was Manchester United's training ground.
“He posted a very nice post about me on his Instagram page when we won the Premier League. It's a strange thing, because I used to go in goal when I was a kid and he was practising his free kicks. I couldn't even reach the crossbar!
“To see the work rate and the effort he put in to get to where he got was incredible.”
Schmeichel has followed in the footsteps of Beckham and his famous father by becoming a Premier League title winner, with Leicester’s heroics during the 2015/16 campaign helping him to write his own piece of history.
He is now playing his part in a memorable European adventure for Claudio Ranieri’s side, with a 1-0 victory over Copenhagen in midweek preserving the Foxes’ 100 per ent record in Champions League Group G and edging them a step closer to the knockout stage.