Sunday, February 08, 2009
If I Had A(C) Milan Dollars
Apparently, AC Milan made a formal transfer offer to keep David Beckham in red and black past March 9, when his loan from the LA Galaxy expires. Rightfully so, LA rejected it.
Beckham, you may remember, signed a $250-million/5-year deal with the Galaxy in 2007 because he'd apparently dreamed of playing soccer on the American stage. Thirty games is all he's (so far) played for them in parts of two seasons, tallying five goals. In five games with Milan - who seem to have found a place for him alongside Kaká, for whom they rejected a would-be record transfer fee from Manchester City - he's already struck twice. Beckham now says that he feels the MLS is at least a decade away from being considered a major player in world soccer, and that to be able to compete in Serie A at his age is incredible.
The worst part about the whole situation is Beckham's frustrating lack of shame on the subject - he seems to enjoy playing the part of a puppet, not actually willing to take any responsibility for his movements1.
I've never been a big fan of David Beckham. On the field, he is one of the more talented players in the world, and - with the exception of a very few players2 - is one of the top crosser in the game. Off the field, I imagine he's a bit of a turd. If Major League Soccer and the LA Galaxy are smart, they will find a way to get rid of Beckham and ensure some short-term - at least - financial stability3.
1 - "I hope [AC Milan and LA Galaxy] can come to an agreement and it's down to the clubs now. At this point, it's out of my hands."
2 - Robin van Persie, Wesley Sneijder...Gianluca Zambrotta perhaps...
3 - READ: "Show me the money!"