Now I have to admit that I was a long-time David Beckham fan. I watched him at Man United and Real Madrid and I was excited when he came to MLS. I thought that Beckham was going to do a Pele, in help build up soccer’s popularity in America. I thought that when he said
“I look forward to the new challenge of growing the world’s most popular game in a country that is as passionate about its sport as my own”
that he meant it. Now we know that those were hollow words,
Beckham came to MLS because no other big team in Europe wanted him at the time. His international career was over, so Brand Beckham took the millions that MLS offered him and moved to Los Angeles to begin his American adventure,
But along the way he suddenly found a new England manager who wanted him in the squad, and suddenly the MLS was no longer good enough for Beckham.
He was visibly disinterested in playing in LA at the end of last season and angled for a loan deal to Milan. He got his way, and almost immediately upon his arrival in Milan, we began to hear whisperings that Beckham wanted to make the loan deal permanently.
Well Becks you got your way and I hope you are happy. I hope that you realize that Brand Beckham is irreversibly tarnished in America. Sorry Simon Fuller but Beckham is no American Idol!
The irony of this is that Beckham has orchestrated this move so that he can play for England in the World Cup in 2010. What he fails to realize is that he is a long-shot to make the team. When fit Beckham might be, at best, England’s third right winger behind Theo Walcott and Shawn Wright-Phillips. England is blessed with options in midfield and I cannot see how Beckham breaks into England’s world cup squad for 2010.