Clean-living family man DAVID BECKHAM shunned the attentions of sexy blondes and $480 (GBP300) bottles of champagne on a night out with his REAL MADRID teammates in Hong Kong this week (ends08AUG03).

The devoted husband and father spent the night quietly sipping DIET COKE while fellow soccer stars including RONALDO, STEVE McMANAMAN and Roberto Carlos drank expensive cocktails and danced with local beauties.

The Spanish team are currently touring the Far East and stopped for a night of fun in the VIP lounge at Hong Kong's trendy nightclub DRAGON-I - but David made sure he did nothing to concern absent pop star wife VICTORIA and sons BROOKLYN and ROMEO.

Bar manager FRANCK CROUVEZIER comments, "The players enjoyed a great night out. All of them were clearly enjoying themselves. They were drinking champagne and beer and cocktails.

"David Beckham only had two glasses of champagne all night - he was mostly drinking Diet Coke. He was laughing and joking with the other players, and you could tell he had a great night, but he wasn't really drinking like the others.

"They were loud like any group of lads, but they were well-behaved and are welcome back any time."

A fellow guest adds, "Beckham looks like he's fitting in with his new mates, but he didn't let his hair down as much as they did. Some of them were getting smashed."

Beckham left the club at a respectable 1.30pm, while his teammates continued partying until the early hours.

08/08/2003 14:05