I think it all started with the sarong â€“ that’s when David Beckham‘s career took a wrong turn. At that moment Alex Ferguson, and the rest of us, realised that Beckham was different. He was too good-looking to just be a great footballer. Perhaps if Beckham looked like Paul Scholes, none of this would have happened â€“ the boot to the head, the transfer abroad, the pop-star missus.
It’s easy to forget how instrumental Beckham was in Man Utd’s success. He was part of the greatest midfield ever to play in the English top flight: Giggs, Keane, Scholes, Beckham. And he was loyal to Man Utd too, would happily have stayed there his whole playing career, like Giggs and Scholes. But Fergie rejected him, packed him off to Madrid.
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Beckham has won nothing since he left England, either for club or
country. Objectively, the second half of his career has been a dismal
failure. And now he’s fighting for his first-team place with Juan-Antonio Reyes, a player with a fraction of the talent that Beckham has. Such a shame, because Beckham had it all.
He scored a great goal for Madrid at the weekend, after coming on as a substitute (see video, below). He still has what it takes to play for England, as an ‘impact player’ (God, what a terrible phrase that is), but Steve McClaren will not make a U-turn now.
I feel sorry for Beckham, I really do. He just wanted to play football and be loved for doing it, until Yoko Spice turned his head, turned him into one half of a walking brand. How he must regret putting on that sarongâ€¦