Even though English midfielder David Beckham is currently retired, he might return to play next season in a very unusual move.
According to several reports, the former Manchester United star could be close to playing for Bolivian side Bolivar in the Copa Santander Libertadores – South America’s equivalent of the UEFA Champions League – next season as the team’s president is currently tempting the playmaker to participate in, at least, two matches of the tournament.
The mastermind behind this move is none other than Marcelo Claure, personal friend of ‘The Spice Boy’ and owner of the company that sponsors the team. While the negotiations are quite far from reaching an agreement, this could be a move that might end up benefiting both parties in the end.
Beckham would only need to play a few matches and even though Bolivar play their home matches over 3,000 meters above the sea level, Beckham might as well play the games that Bolivar play on the road. He would be an immediate attraction and would generate revenue for both the team and their opponents.
The Copa Libertadores would also get a boost from Beckham’s presence. The Englishman is a money-making machine and if he ends up participating in the tournament, both the CONMEBOL and all the sponsors could benefit greatly from this deal.
Nothing has been set in stone and even though the talks are only beginning, Beckham could end up playing a few games in the competition. It wouldn’t be much of a challenge in terms of competition for Beckham, but the attraction — and the probable earnings — he might generate from this could trigger his presence in South America’s biggest club competition next season.