He came; He saw; But after five seasons of hype and fanfare, did he conquer? Interesting as his off-field life may be, Beckham must ultimately be judged by what he’s accomplished on the pitch. If he can’t still deliver as a footballer, none of the off-field stuff matters.
Defining David Beckham’s time in Los Angeles primarily depends on expectations that were set before he crossed the Atlantic. He was never going to make “soccer” a major sport in America, nor put it on a level similar to basketball or football. He did, how
ever, succeed in generating increased public interest in the MLS and bringing the MLS Cup to Los Angeles.
Looking ahead, Beckham’s sights seem to be headed eastward to the
hosted in London. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and Beckham desperately wants to be part of Team GB. Recent rumours questioning whether or not the team would come together have all been dispelled, and football should prove to be one of the most exciting events to happen at the 2012 Games.
On the club scene, a number of high-profile outfits from around the world are desperately clamoring for Beckham’s signature. While his price tag runs very high, signing Beckham guarantees increased revenues through sold out games, soaring television ratings, and jersey and other marketing-related paraphernalia sales that would go through the roof.
The two clubs believed to be the current frontrunners are Tottenham and PSG. Tottenham are having a great season and have firmly entrenched themselves in the top quarter of the Premier League. Adding Beckham would be a massive cherry on top.
PSG haven’t won Ligue 1 since 1993-94 and are desperate to bulk up their trophy cabinet. The once glamour club of France isn’t as shiny as it used to be and Beckham would change that overnight. President Nasser Al-Khelaïfi is determined to bring PSG their third title.
At 37, Beckham has only a few precious years of his career left so he will want to choose carefully.