For soccer star David Beckham, the years spent playing for Manchester United and Real Madrid represented the pinnacle of his career. Privately, however, those years took their toll.

“Professionally, it was an amazing time,” the 34-year-old father-of-three said during a Wednesday appearance on Live with Regis and Kelly, “but on the family side, it was probably the toughest time since we had children.” Brooklyn Joseph, 10, Romeo James, 6 ½, and Cruz David, 4 — David’s sons with wife Victoria Beckham — have happily enjoyed more face time with their dad since their family of five moved to California in 2007, where David now plays for the Los Angeles Galaxy.

David adds that he and Victoria “love making time for each other,” but their children remain their priority. “Our lives revolve around our children,” he said.

— Missy