Digitally aged David Beckham appears in malaria campaign video

David Beckham has appeared as an older version of himself in a campaign video calling for action to help prevent deaths from malaria.

The technologically-altered video of the former footballer, which is meant to show him in his 70s, sees him delivering a speech hailing the defeat of our "oldest and deadliest enemy" for the Malaria Must Die, So Millions Can Live campaign.

The clip shows him in an imagined future proclaiming that "our world has changed" and "we have ended malaria".

(Malaria Must Die, So Millions Can Live/PA)

Beckham said: "The fight against malaria is a cause close to my heart because the disease remains a huge killer of children and we have the opportunity to change that in our lifetime.

"I've worked with Malaria No More UK since 2009, supporting campaigns and helping shine a light on the challenge.

"Their campaigns always use great creativity and innovation to attract attention to the issue and I'm delighted also to have met some of the inspiring people who are working so hard to end this disease."

Beckham, 45, is a founding member of the leadership council for Malaria No More UK, the charity which runs the campaign.

Dr Pedro Alonso, director of the World Health Organisation's global malaria programme, said: "The emergence of Covid-19 has shown the world how critical our health systems are.

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**Embargoed until 0001 May 2, 2020** File photo dated 06-10-2001 of England's captain David Beckham (front) celebrates with team-mate Emile Heskey after scoring the equaliser from a free kick against Greece in the dying seconds of the FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group Nine match at Old Trafford, Manchester.
**Embargoed until 0001 May 2, 2020** File photo dated 02-07-2003 of David Beckham (left) holds his new number 23 Real Madrid shirt presented to him by honorary president and former player Alfredo Di Stefano as he is formally unveiled at the basketball stadium next to the club's training ground in Madrid.
**Embargoed until 0001 May 2, 2020** File photo dated 02-07-2003 of Real Madrid's David Beckham stands in his new kit at the club's training ground, the Pebellon Raimundo Saporta Stadium in Madrid.
**Embargoed until 0001 May 2, 2020** File photo dated 30-06-1998 of England's David Beckham (L) is given the red card by Danish referee Kim Milton Nielsen, after a foul on Argentina's Diego Simeone during their France '98 World Cup second round match held in St Etienne. argentina won the match 4-3 on penalties (2-2 after extra time).
**Embargoed until 0001 May 2, 2020** File photo dated 04-02-2009 of AC Milan's David Beckham during the Mid-Season Friendly at Ibrox, Glasgow.
**Embargoed until 0001 May 2, 2020** File photo dated 29-11-2010 of David Beckham during a visit to the Olympic Stadium construction site, in Statford, east London.
**Embargoed until 0001 May 2, 2020** File photo dated 19-12-2010 of Winner of the Lifetime Achievement award, David Beckham during the BBC Sport Personality of the Year Awards at the LG Arena, Birmingham.
**Embargoed until 0001 May 2, 2020** File photo dated 31-01-2013 of Paris Saint Germain's David Beckham during the press conference at Parc des Princes, Paris.
**Embargoed until 0001 May 2, 2020** File photo dated 02-12-2012 of LA Galaxy's David Beckham poses his sons (left to right) Brooklyn, Cruz and Romeo after winning the MLS Cup Final at the Home Depot Center, Los Angeles, USA.
File photo dated 10-04-2002 of England captain and Manchester United midfielder David Beckham is carried off against Depotivo La Coruna during their European Chapions League Quarter Final.
Feb 26, 2020; New York, New York, USA; David Beckham and Jorge Mas managing owner of Inter Miami during the MLS 25th Season Kickoff at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports/Sipa USA
David Beckham speaks with the media as he visits the Inter Miami CF team at Inter Miami Stadium and Training Complex in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. (Photo by Al Diaz/Miami Herald/TNS/Sipa USA)
English footballer David Beckham attend a photocall for the sportswear brand Adidas 70th Anniversary Event at Time Square in Seoul, South Korea on October 9, 2019. (Photo by Lee Young-ho/Sipa USA)
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Mar 2, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; David Beckham (left) and wife and Spice Girls recording artist Victoria Beckahm pose during unveiling of Beckham statue at Legends Plaza at Dignity Health Sports Park. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports/Sipa USA
Robbie Keane attends the LA Galaxy unveiling ceremony of a statue of legendary midfielder David Beckham at Dignity Health Sports Park on March 2, 2019 in Carson, California. Photo by Lionel Hahn/PA Wire
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(left to right) David Beckham, Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs and Ben Thornley during the funeral service at Halifax Minster of Manchester United's former youth team coach Eric Harrison who died aged 81.
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David Beckham and Victoria Beckham attending the Fashion Awards in association with Swarovski held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London. Picture Credit Should Read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
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KEY BISCAYNE, FL - MARCH 27: David Beckham and daughter are seen during the mens finals match during the Miami Open Presented by Itau at Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 27, 2018 in Key Biscayne, Florida. (Photo by Alberto E. Tamargo/Sipa USA)
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"It is crucial that 2021 sees the world getting back on track towards achieving existing targets to reduce malaria as we come through the pandemic.

"By investing in ending malaria, we will not only save lives that would otherwise be lost to this deadly disease; we will also protect current health systems from the double burden of malaria and other diseases like Covid-19."

Other famous faces including Hugh Laurie, Emeli Sande and Peter Capaldi have previously appeared in Malaria Must Die, So Millions Can Live campaigns.

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