David Beckham’s career wound down in the US on Sunday with a second consecutive MLS Cup in the bag after a 3-1 win against the Houston Dynamo. Now the world is waiting to see where he’ll head next.
Beckham received a huge ovation and chants of “one more year” from a crowd of 30,000 when he was substituted after L.A’s second goal against the Dynamo. The win marked the end to a six year career in the US.
A former England captain, Beckham has offers from at least four A-League clubs, Melbourne Heart, Central Coast, Perth Glory and Western Sydney, but those offers could easily by trumped by opportunities to play in European cities.
Premier League cellar dwellers QPR are in the race, as is French powerhouse Paris St-Germain. Other offers are coming in from Monaco, China, Brazil and South Korea.
Despite his advanced age, 37, Beckham offers worldwide exposure to the club and league that manages to acquire his services. His impact on MLS was incredible; it no doubt helped lure other international players such as Thierry Henry and Australian and former Everton livewire Tim Cahill.
Teammate Robbie Keane, a former Liverpool striker, shares a similar opinion.
"He has been fantastic for this league," said Keane.
"He has put MLS on the map and made players like myself want to come over and play here because the league has grown massively. That's in a huge part down to David."
Former American goalkeeper Kasey Keller, who has returned home to play MLS after years in England, Spain and Germany described Beckham’s impact in the States.
"It was at a time when the league needed something to give it a big global kick-start and there wasn't a bigger global personality in the game than David Beckham," he said.
"It just made the league relevant, made people take notice and because of that other teams were able to step up."
A-League clubs are obviously extremely keen to secure Beckham. The league is having its most successful season on the back of three classy international signings: Alessandro Del Piero, Emile Heskey, and Shinji Ono. Big increases in attendance and TV rating led to a record breaking $160 million television rights deal.
What no one seems to be asking is whether Beckham’s boots on the pitch can match the production his face will do off it, but apparently that question is an irrelevant one.
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