After helping the Los Angeles Galaxy win the 2012 Major League Soccer Cup, we all knew that David Beckham was done playing in the MLS. Since then, rumors flew around cyberspace saying Beckham was going to go to the Australian League, Asia, and many other rumors.
On transfer deadline day for most leagues in Europe, it was announced Beckham will be headed to Ligue 1 team Paris Saint Germain on a five month deal. PSG is also in the Champions League. He was training with Arsenal earlier this month while he was mulling over his future.
Beckham most likely decided to go to PSG instead of accepting other lucrative offers because his family will be close. He will also be reunited with coach Carlo Ancelotti and director Leonardo who were both at AC Milan when Beckham was on loan there in 2010 and 2011. PSG tried to get Beckham in 2011, but he decided to stay with the Galaxy.
Most people think that players who have played in quality leagues in Europe go to the MLS to finish out their career. Well, that is not the case for Beckham who can still score goals. Last season, Beckham was third on the Galaxy with seven goals, and was only behind Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan who had 16 and nine goals respectively.
Beckham said in the press conference to announce his signing, “I chose Paris because I can see what the club is trying to do. It’s an exciting city-always has been and always will be.”
It was also announced by Beckham during the press conference that his family would be staying in London because of his kids being in school. Lastly and shocking to many of us, Beckham said that he will not receive any salary and the money would be going to a local children’s charity.
This move is good for Beckham and the MLS. For Beckham, his career will continue and he should be able to help PSG and continue to be successful on the soccer field. Not like his family couldn’t afford to fly anywhere in the world to see Beckham, but it will now be only a short flight or train ride to see Beckham play.
Fans and executives of the MLS should be happy that Beckham’s career didn’t end in Hollywood. It shows that maybe the MLS isn’t as bad of a league as people make it out to be, and that older MLS players’ careers don’t hit a dead end with an MLS club.