David Beckham has enjoyed a fantastic career that has seen him play at some of the biggest clubs in the world; Manchester United, Real Madrid and AC Milan to name just a few. He is now without a club after helping LA Galaxy retain their MLS Cup and it could be a good time for Beckham to call it a day.
Beckham has attracted a lot of interest from various European clubs but football has moved on a great deal since he was playing on the continent. Although he will consider himself to be fit, the pace of football in Europe is much quicker than in the MLS so Beckham could struggle to adapt.
It would be a shame to see one of the game’s greatest ever midfield players struggling at a sub-standard club who have only given him a contract because of his profile, business potential and the fact he can still commit to one game per week. It would not be a fitting tribute to Beckham and many fans will urge him to think about this point long and hard.
Beckham has played big roles away from the pitch in terms of being an ambassador for football and for his country. Retirement would allow him to have a much greater impact in these areas and again, his profile would enable various organisations and bodies to utilise him in an effective way for the good of football all over the world.
He has already hinted that he would like to go into coaching and back into the MLS at some point in the future to get stuck into the management and ownership system in American football. Retirement would allow him to focus on this in a very full way, it would mean he doesn’t have to move his family and he wouldn’t have any external attachments to any European club that he’s contracted to.
Another good option for Beckham in retirement could be media work. There will be dozens of broadcasters lined up to try and get Beckham in as a pundit on a very competitive contract which allows him to enjoy the game and put points across that he would otherwise have to suppress.
However, it looks more than likely that Beckham is going to move back to Europe and sign for another top club. Here’s to hoping that he makes the right decision and that he doesn’t look a million miles off of the pace that European football is now played at.
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