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Michael Lewis

January 5, 2011
Beckham's Euro saga is tiresome

By Michael Lewis Editor

David Beckham has a soap opera every off-season.
David Beckham has a soap opera every off-season.
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David Beckham is American soccer's version of Lindsay Lohan.

No, the (former?) English international doesn't have any substance abuse problems or any questions about going into rebab.

Yet, every MLS off-season, the same story emerges -- whether he will play on loan in Europe.

And every year, a similar scenario happens. There are stories about his intentions about playing overseas, most recently in his native England. Tons of speculation fuels more stories. The media criticizes him and he winds up playing.

And after several years of this same opera, it has gotten quite tiresome.

Beckham signed a contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2007, a sizable one at that for U.S. soccer standards -- $6.5 million a year. So, he should worry playing for the Galaxy, not returning to play for the MLS side when the summer transfer window opens in July. He should be there in March, not mid-summer.

King David will turn 36 on May 2 and is no spring chicken. If he thinks his body won't break down again at this age, he has another thing coming. I would love to see British bookmakers put out a line on his next injury.

Heck, when he joined the Galaxy in 2007, Beckham already was damaged goods, thanks to an ankle injury. When he should have been resting, he played and we never truly saw the real David Beckham.

Twice he was loaned to A.C. Milan -- in 2008 and 2009. During his second Milan tenure, Becks tore his left Achilles tendon, ending any aspirations he had to play for England in the World Cup.

This season is the final year of his MLS contract.

Outside of setting up teammates or firing home free kicks, the next time I want to hear about David Beckham off the field is if he wants to go-ahead and own an MLS team, whether it be an established one or one in New York (the New York Cosmos or named something else).

But like the Lindsay Lohan saga, I fear more Beckham to Europe stories will continue to be in the news and waste writers' and fans' time.

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