Beckham chooses Milan

February 5, 2009

David Beckham has surprised the many doubters among fans and pundits by scoring two goals in five starts for AC Milan and it looks increasingly likely he’ll be hanging around Serie A for a lot longer.

All in all, it’s turned into a very happy move for the former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder 

Despite having said soccer was the sole reason behind the deal, the 33-year-old, still one of the most marketable men in sport, has also managed to revamp brand Beckham by stripping down with his “posh” wife Victoria for the Emporio Armani underwear advertising campaign.

Now, Beckham has finally come out and said what had been looking increasingly obvious: that he wants to stay on at Milan once his two-month loan period is up.

A deal could end up costing Milan a lot of money but certainly for the player the attraction is obvious: keeping his international career alive long enough to play for England at the 2010 World Cup.

Does it make as much sense for Milan? Will his lawyers be able to negotiate an exit from LA that’s acceptable to all? Will this bizarre love triangle, in the words of Jeffrey Marcus at the New York Times, finally be straightened out? We’ll find out by March 9, when the original loan deal is due to expire…

PHOTO: AC Milan’s David Beckham gestures as he warms up in the snow before their friendly against Rangers in Glasgow, Feb. 4, 2009. REUTERS/David Moir


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I’ll be very very happy if Beckham is being a part of Milan team..
Milan absolutly can be the best team on the world with Beckham, Ronaldinho,Kaka, Pirlo, and Pato..

Posted by Arsya | Report as abusive

Im not sure Galaxy are going to give in so easily but then again the US project has failed and they will save 150 million if he leaves now.

Posted by Mark | Report as abusive

Beckham is right to want to stay at Milan, his career will be over in 2-3 years and he has one last chance to make an impact at the highest level. He should do whatever it takes to get out of his LA Galaxy contract. I defy anyone to agree that Beckham’s move to LA was the right one (excluding his wife and bank manger.)

Posted by Joe Brock | Report as abusive

LA should trade him for someone that will not cry when they bumped on the pitch. Ronaldinho could be a great match!!!

Posted by Joseph | Report as abusive

To be honest Beckham might desire to play at the “highest level” but he could not play at the “American level”. For some reason, South American playmakers (eg Barros Schelotto; Javier Morales, etc.) do better here than European stars. Go figure.

Posted by Michael | Report as abusive

Just shows that football in USA has not improved sinece the days when George Best, Rodney Marsh and even Pele tried to raise the standards thirty odd years ago. LA was a bad move for Beckham except financially and good to see him back at a top European club. But at 33, how much wil AC Milan be prepared to invest. Also they are looking more like a retirement home for some once great players.

Posted by john | Report as abusive

Nice! I want to see Becks back in Europe…American football is dismal and he is much too brilliant (even at his current age) to continue to play in the US. Also, World Cup 2010 would be a grand way to end a stellar career (England 2010!!!)

Posted by guy | Report as abusive

beckham, a very dedicated man when it comes to soccer,,he tries out best and look out for the long run however he’s bit unfortunate in his soccer carrier..all the best beckham…i want to c u back to manchesster..m loving it!!!

Posted by tenzin | Report as abusive