David Beckham toasts Paris St Germain welcome after 'perfect debut' against Marseille

Former Manchester United man became PSG's 400th player

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David Beckham thanked his new fans after making his Paris St Germain debut, which he described at the "perfect day."

The former England captain helped his new side to a 2-0 win over arch-rivals Marseille, coming off the bench to set up Zlatan Ibrahimovic for the second.

When he came on PSG were already 1-0 up, thanks to Lucas Moura's opener.

The win restored PSG's three-point lead at the top of the Ligue 1 standings over Lyon, who beat Lorient earlier in the day, while third-placed Marseille are now eight points adrift of the leaders, who are chasing their first title in almost two decades.

Beckham also became the 400th player to represent the side, and after he game he told the club's official website: "I'm very happy tonight, mainly because of the victory.

“We have played better but it was very important to win. Today was the perfect day. Not only because I'm the 400th player in the history of the club but also because I'm part of a very special team.

“The welcome from the supporters was unbelievable, and I want to say thank you to them.”

Beckham joined PSG in January, on a five-month deal.

PSG boss Carlo Ancelotti had waited to give him a debut, allowing him to get into shape, having not played a competitive match since he helped the Los Angeles Galaxy to the MLS Cup title in December.

Beckham could now face Marseille again in midweek. Ancelotti said: “Beckham played because he was in the right physical condition and certain players needed a breather. It could be that David Beckham will play on Wednesday in the Coupe de France.”