Ballad of Beckham
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Sunday, 08 March 2009 13:31

In the lyrical context of punk pop stars the Clash, “Should I stay or should I go” seems to be the ballad of David Beckham, who has made it clear that he wants to play for Italy’s AC Milan.
Beckham, 33, is on a two month loan from the Los Angeles Galaxy and is due back in California in time for the resumption of the Major League Soccer season on March 19. He has not committed himself to a return, saying that he will "enjoy it in Milan until then and see."
This whole "loaning" business is a bit mind boggling. You would never see the Lakers loan Kobe Bryant to Maccabi Tel Aviv for a couple of games.
AC Milan had made an earlier offer that the Galaxy turned down saying they would not have received the right compensation for their loss.

Of course Beckham does have a “burnout” clause in his contract that will allow him to leave after next year. Leaving the Galaxy with nothing to show for the massive number of benjamins they threw out.
Beckham's contract with Los Angeles Galaxy became effective in July 2007 and gave him the highest player salary in MLS history.

The Galaxy is paying Beckham $32.5 million over five years. The deal to bring him to America is thought to be the biggest in sporting history, with industry experts estimating the worth to the player in excess of $250 million.
Well, along with wife Victoria, no one can “spend it like Beckham."
When the Galaxy unveiled David Beckham, he presented himself as a modern day missionary, who would take soccer to the American masses. MLS banked on Beckham to bring them the fan base they had been missing, while he talked a grand game about being an ambassador, but never did any of the hard work of diplomacy.

It became evident early on that Beckham was uncomfortable in the spotlight of the American press, and lacked the personality and gregariousness needed to survive American pop culture.

Beckham should thank MLS for rehabilitating him into such a desirable quantity that a major world club power is willing to wrangle for him. Fans have short memories, but this is a man that was allegedly washed up when he came to America just two years ago.
Although Beckham may have given the MLS an international platform in places like England and Italy, American soccer fans are the ones that lose here.

Lets face it. The general public still does not care.

It turns out soccer is bigger than one man and it always has been, at least in the United States.

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