1.25.2009

David Beckham: Bending Towards Staying in Milan



David "Golden Balls" Beckham scored his first goal in Italy's Serie A today, as A.C. Milan defeated Bologna 4-1. Beckham's goal, and his joy for the game in Milan have heightened the doubt that the English superstar will stay in Italy rather than return to Los Angeles in March like his contract stipulates.

"I can't say what will happen, Even if my contract says that I'll be here until March. We'll have to see. At the moment I'm enjoying this experience. I'm at one of the biggest clubs in the world. And having won gives us confidence to continue."

-David Beckham, ESPN

The doubt that shows through the words of England's most famous footballer is alarming considering that Beckham came to America to be an ambassador for the game of soccer, and prolong his wife's entertainment career.

While the latter crashed and burned in Hollywood, the former has failed to live up to the hype. Beckham vowed that he would revolutionize the game, but so far he has come stateside as an entertainer, and not an athlete.

His television appearances have been on entertainment channels and new programs, but rarely sports programming. Beckham numerously declined invitations to appear on America's premier soccer call-in show, Fox Football Fone-In, and only has appeared on ESPN a few times, one of which for the network's ESPY Awards.

The Beckhams have failed in America, and Milan could be the place where they could revitalize their careers. Victoria fits in well into the fashion scene in Italy's version of Hollywood that is Milan. David as noted, is starting to thrive for A.C. Milan as the aging midfielder has started to fit in with a side full of superstars like Ronaldinho, Kaka, and the ageless wonder, Paolo Maldini.

Although it would be a major disappointment, and a big let down in America for the Beckhams to leave after failing to finish their challenges, Milan seems to be a perfect location for the power couple. Should the Los Angeles Galaxy allow Becks to remain in Italy, it would force the hand of the MLS team as they encounter the exact same issue with other star player, Landon Donovan. Donovan is on his own loan spell at Bayern Munich, and should both players stay in Europe, the Galaxy and the MLS would lose their two most marketable players.

Photo: The Telegraph

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2 Responses to "David Beckham: Bending Towards Staying in Milan"
  1. Anonymous said...
    January 25, 2009 at 10:09 PM

    If he's failed the Galaxy and MLS so miserably why is anyone upset that he's leaving? The new income he brought club and league paid for his 5 year contract by the end of his first season, and MLS is covered by sports media both in and out of the US that never acknowledged its existence before. So if people in the States find him so distasteful what's all the fuss about him leaving?

    BTW, what is certainly distasteful is the thought that Fox Football Fone-in might be considered America's premiere anything. Its an insipid bit of self-promotion for one announcer that knows very little and one that should know better. Painful.

  2. Michael Castillo said...
    January 25, 2009 at 10:22 PM

    Thanks for the comment. It disappointing that he failed, and let us down. Becks did nothing for the game, he only made money for the league, but not improved its play, nor done anything for the fans.
    FFF is premier because it's the ONLY show.

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