Beckham & Galaxy – The Point Of No Return?

The match between LA Galaxy and Milan was always, in view of the recent goings-on between David Beckham and the Italian giants, going to be something of a powder keg, and the global media reaction to the events at the decidedly unromantically named Home Depot Center has said a lot about how Beckham has managed to control the public perception of him. When he signed for Galaxy, there was no question that it was all about the money. With Simon Fuller and Victoria Beckham lurking in the shadows, Beckham and his entourage had such control at the club that it was they rather than general manager Alexi Lalas that were behind the unsuccessful appointment of Ruud Gullit last year, but it was Beckham’s decision to go to Milan on loan that really put the fans’ backs up. Since his return to LA earlier this year, it had been debatable whether he would pull on a Galaxy shirt again, and often gave the impression that he was playing out time, waiting for a better offer to come along. Beckham’s justification for his behaviour has been merely that he needs to play domestically at a higher level in order to secure a place in the England squad, but this has broadly not washed with fans. Indeed, his justifications might have carried more weight if he had actually consistently performed for Galaxy,...

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