Beckham is coming to America.

1. Jan 12, 2007

Schrodinger's Dog

http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/tm_he...objectid=18452033&siteid=94762-name_page.html
Apparently his wage packet will be $1 million per week, £1/2 million. Slightly more than I get where I work. Is he worth$52 million a year for American soccer? I wonder?

The master of the free kick is coming to the US, are you blown away by the news or couldn't you care less?

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2. Jan 12, 2007

J77

What an idiot.

He's even calling the game "soccer".

This quote's priceless:

"David Beckham coming to MLS might be viewed by some as one of the most important moments for soccer in this country and perhaps the history of professional sport," MLS commissioner Don Garber said in a statement.

What a deluded ****spud.

Obviously, Posh made him do it - I hear she's going to take the chathost scene by storm

Beckham: you are a fool of the highest order.

3. Jan 12, 2007

cristo

Staff Emeritus
She definitely made him do it- just think of the increase in money he'll get now!

However, David's, ruined his football career. I'd much rather see him playing for someone like Spurs- you never know, he might get back in the England team then! When you think back to the kid who scored from the halfway line and remember saying that he was the future of english football... should never have left old trafford!

4. Jan 12, 2007

J77

He had to leave OT - got too big for Fergie and Keane.

I'd've liked to have seen him go to West Ham - to show some loyalty at the end of his career.

Not that MLS rubbish.

5. Jan 12, 2007

cristo

Staff Emeritus
Yea, I know he had to go- I'm just sick of the years of seeing the likes of darren fletcher trying to fill his spot. Not all that bothered now though, as we've got at least two good wingers... still not impressed with the way that fergie plays fletcher so often!

West Ham? Good idea, but (a) did you reall expect beckham to show some loyalty? and (b) west ham aren't the best team to go to at the minute are they; they're awful!

6. Jan 12, 2007

J77

Yeah - loyalty was out of the question - maybe not with Becks but with Posh.

You don't need anyone to fill Becks's boots this year - not with Ronaldo playing the way he is!

Keane - possibly. Fergie should've gone all out to get Essian!

7. Jan 12, 2007

cristo

Staff Emeritus
Yeah, Ronaldo is amazing this year! Saying that, Giggs is having a good season as well, especially seeing as though it'll be one of his last.

Not replacing Keane was one of Fergie's greatest mistakes in my opinion. Saying that, however, he put Alan Smith in there, and he did a good job for the few games he played, although we know what happened to him! However, if Smith had played there more and more, I think he'd get fed up, and wander up-front, thus leaving us with the same problem! Essien's a good shout- competing with chelsea for players is tough though.

Anyway, one word to sum up how successful we'll be this year... Larsson!

8. Jan 12, 2007

J77

9. Jan 12, 2007

Clausius2

I have to say for almost everybody with a couple of neurons in Spain this guy is a kind of "animal de feria" (a freak) in & out of a soccer field. He does not know how to play, he is fed by the stupidity of some teenagers (specially girls) that love him and also by the lack of common sense of the 50-60's population without any educational formation that btw is driving spain towards the ruin. Personally I think he is a dolly and he never will be representative of the good soccer, specially he will never be representative of the sportive part of the legendary Real Madrid, and he is much worse by far than Lineker. I think this guy is one example of how Marketing theory can exhibit a **** in front of you and make you believe that it's a diamond.

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10. Jan 12, 2007

brewnog

Apparently now the most highly paid sportsperson in the world. While I do think he's an idiot, you've got to give it to him that he's not doing badly for himself.

11. Jan 12, 2007

Gokul43201

Staff Emeritus
Brilliant! Almost as good as the Ali G interview of the Beckhams for Comic Relief. That was priceless.

12. Jan 12, 2007

Kurdt

Staff Emeritus
Argh I can't stand it. The game is called football. *tears hair out*

13. Jan 12, 2007

marlon

:rofl:

INDEED

marlon

14. Jan 12, 2007

cristo

Staff Emeritus
I agree. I knew an American lad a few years ago, and he was always talking about *soccer.* It was so annoying, and now whenever I read the word, it has an American pronunciation in my head. Grr.. damn him!

15. Jan 12, 2007

Greg Bernhardt

Whether or not you like him as a player, this will do wonders for MLS. The marketing potential is massive. MLS will actually be on espn and in the news. Now it is rumored the brazilian Ronaldo might goto NY Red Bulls and Edgar Davids to FC Dallas.

side note: Excited to see Clint Dempsey play for Fulham!

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16. Jan 12, 2007

cristo

Staff Emeritus
I bet the games will be on TV here in the UK too. When Beckham moved to Real, suddenly sky sports decided to air every match that Real played in La Liga; that's how popular he is!

I heard that about Ronaldo a while ago. Can these teams really afford to pay these huge players' wages?

17. Jan 12, 2007

Greg Bernhardt

Yeah Ronaldo rejected an offer by NY several months ago, but NY will make another huge push as it feels the beckham pressure. MLS teams actually have very wealthy investors.

18. Jan 12, 2007

cristo

Staff Emeritus
I'm afraid I know hardly anything about the American game! It seems a good idea though, if the teams can afford the players. I'm sure their addition will help raise the profile of MLS. I'll watch out for the games to be broadcast in England next season!

19. Jan 12, 2007

Schrodinger's Dog

I actually had an alterior motive for posting this on the PF other than the fact I thought this was an interesting development anyway, I wanted to gauge the level of interest in football from the US. Judging by the number of American posters on the forum and the number who have posted so far, I'd say the popularity is still a bit low. Unless I'm making the wrong assumptions about nationality.

Hopefully this move if nothing else will help to make soccer more popular, especially if other big name players move to the American leagues.

I think David knows he's not much longer for the game, perhaps this is the best way to retire gracefully?

20. Jan 12, 2007

Kurdt

Staff Emeritus
Well whateveranyone thinks of the league or the players one has to be utterly disgusted of the amount of money talked about here. I mean a million dollars a week for 5 years is just crazy.

21. Jan 12, 2007

Gokul43201

Staff Emeritus
I don't know why you are disgusted, but I can think of a few people who're likely a lot more disgusted than you are.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2004/soccer/01/06/mls.salaries.sa/index.html [Broken]

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22. Jan 12, 2007

Greg Bernhardt

Compared to other sports it absolutely is still low. But it's growing every year. Soccer will never be a top 3 sport. It will always be American Football, Baseball and Basketball. But soccer does have a place in American sports and be successful.

True, everyone but Beckham :)

23. Jan 12, 2007

Greg Bernhardt

Landon Donovan now makes 700k... not that it's a huge difference

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24. Jan 12, 2007

cristo

Staff Emeritus
It's always been said that footballers are paid too much, and they always will be. If this figure of $1m a week is correct, then it could have some severe consequences on the European game- players could start leaving to go to America if this is the wage benchmark over there! How can he be disgusted- he's not even 18 yet (is he?) and he's earning$0.5m a year!

25. Jan 12, 2007