Man United icon David Beckham makes feelings clear on what Ryan Reynolds has done at Wrexham

Wrexham owner and Hollywood actor Ryan Reynolds has earned praise from the ex-England captain David Beckham for his efforts
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Former Manchester United star David Beckham has heaped praise on Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney for their transformative work at Wrexham.

The Red Dragons celebrated a second consecutive promotion last season, clinching a spot in League One after finishing second in League Two with an impressive 88 points. This success followed significant investment from the club's owners, who brought in players like Steven Fletcher and James McClean to bolster their promotion push.

Wrexham AFC has also gained international attention and a growing fanbase thanks to its Hollywood connections and the hit documentary series "Welcome To Wrexham". Beckham, a football icon known for his time at United and Real Madrid, expressed his admiration for what Reynolds and McElhenney have achieved with the North Wales club.

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Giving his perspective on life as a team owner, the former England captain said: "I do think they play into it. That’s why I moved to America in 2007 with my family to join the MLS and to join the Galaxy — because I knew that there was potential.

"It was always going to be a challenge, and I’m glad that I played a small role in making the league as big as it is now, but it takes moments like what we’ve just done," he said, before praising Wrexham's owners, saying: "It takes things like ‘Ted Lasso,’ and it takes people like Ryan and Rob to give it that bit of air."

Beckham was clear that he feels that the popularity of the game in America is on an upwards trajectory, adding: "I’ve always said it: America wants to be the best at everything. I love that and that’s why I wanted to live in America, because I love that culture, that positivity.”

Actor Reynolds joked about the work which will now be undertaken by himself and McElhenney in light of Wrexham's promotion, laughing: "Everyone's celebrating and I have my head in my hands because it just turns into 800 emails about "Here's what we have to do to be in League One. Infrastructure, all these different things."

He also recounted a conversation with his business partner about attending the game which saw Wrexham earn promotion, recalling that he asked the 'It's Always Sunny' writer: "Shall we go?", to which received the reply: "It's almost mathematically impossible."

After watching the club earn its place in League One from the set of Deadpool, he acknowledged: "I can't believe I'm not there! I mean it wasn't like a sure thing you know. I was like 'yeah might happen but might not' but wow."