So it could have not ended in any better possible way for David Beckham. In his last appearance for the Los Angeles Galaxy, the iconic midfielder lifted his second Major League Soccer (MLS) Cup in as many years after a 3-1 comeback win over the Houston Dynamos in the final.
Despite having a year left on his contract, Beckham had announced that the MLS Cup final would be his last match in the MLS, and his last for the LA Galaxy. In five rollercoaster years in the United States, England’s most-capped outfield player has won every major accolade the MLS had to offer. And surprisingly enough, he has maintained his phenomenal record of winning the league in his last season for his previous clubs. He won the Premier League in his last season for Manchester United in 2003, following which he departed for Real Madrid.
In Madrid, he won the La Liga with Real in 2007, in his last season, clinching the title from arch rivals FC Barcelona in the last match of the season. That was Madrid’s first La Liga triumph since his arrival.
He arrived at the LA Galaxy amongst much fanfare and albeit his time in the MLS hasn’t been exactly perfect, there have been moments that only Beckham could produce. In a match against the Kansas City Wizards, Beckham rolled back the years, scoring from 70-yards out reminding everyone of his famous goal in Manchester United colours in 1996 when he scored from halfway against Wimbledon, catching goalkeeper Neil Sullivan off his line. Apart from the 70-yard screamer against the Wizards, Beckham has bended-in many of his trademark free kicks.
His final victory with the LA Galaxy is nothing short of a Hollywood spectacle. But now the real question arises. Where does David Beckham go now? He has already quashed rumours of his retirement, insisting that there is still a considerable amount of time left before he hangs up his boots. He has hinted towards having one final shot at the biggest European gong of all time – the Champions League.
He hasn’t made any attempts to hide his intentions known that he is game for any team that is willing and capable of handing him some valuable Champions League action. Clubs like the free-spending Paris Saint-Germain, Premier League minnows Queens Park Rangers and West Ham United have all expressed their interest in acquiring his services. And the latest name to be thrown into the fray is French Club AS Monaco, with the clubs chief executive saying that they would be “foolish” if they did not explore such a possibility.
At 37, there are doubts over whether Beckham will have enough to offer for whichever team he opts to join. He is clearly devoid of the dazzling pace he possessed whilst at United, something which made him rule the wings donning the coveted #7 jersey. But he is still one of the best dead-ball specialists in the game today. And on his day, he is simply unplayable. His vision, range of passing, crossing and set-piece deliveries are immaculate. And let us admit it; no one can bend it like Beckham.
Come New Year, wherever Beckham opts to go, it will be a sight to savour. David Robert Joseph Beckham, in a new team, a new league and tormenting the opposition’s defences. And this would very well be his last hurrah, before one of the greatest-footballers of our generation decides to call it a day.