The football world has gone rather crazy this morning as David Beckham revealed he would be leaving LA Galaxy in December as he searched for ‘one more challenge’ before calling time on his playing career.
Beckham joined the MLS outfit in 2007 from Real Madrid and has made quite the impact on football in America, but he now believes it is time for he and his family to move on.
The 37-year-old will call time on his LA Galaxy career after the season-ending MLS Cup Final on the 1st December. Then, it will perhaps become a little clearer where he sees his future – England? France? Italy? Australia? There are bound to be plenty of options for Beckham.
Reaction to this news has been incredible too. With the odd exception of people interpreting ‘one more challenge’ as ‘one more big pay day’, people are excited to see where Beckham would end up. Lots of fans would love to see him end his playing days in the Premier League too, where it all began in 1996.
In a statement revealing the news, Beckham said: “I’ve had an incredibly special time playing for the L.A. Galaxy, however, I wanted to experience one last challenge before the end of my playing career.
“I don’t see this as the end of my relationship with the league (MLS) as my ambition is to be part of the ownership structure in the future.”
Wherever Beckham goes, there will be a media circus of course. This could put off some clubs – particularly in England – who might see the former England captain’s arrival as too much of a distraction.
The strongest rumour so far appears to be a 10-game stint in the Australian A-League, but would Beckham really want to re-locate his family for that period of time?
For lucrative reasons – he may well be a popular figure and role model, but this comes into it – Paris St Germain could be an option. Heavily backed financially, they would welcome the arrival of such a high-profile star and Beckham could compete at a decent level too.
At the same time, does he want to risk proving he hasn’t quite got what it takes anymore? Will he play it safe and go to Australia where he could probably be man-of-the-match each week with his eyes closed?
Like him or not, it will certainly be a process that will be watched – and covered by every single media outlet – each step of the way.