Becks leaving MLS? Say it ain't so!
Trying to make sense of this
A: Relax. First of all, he doesn't make $50 million from the Galaxy. Nowhere near that, as SI.com's
A: He may have said that, but that's not entirely true. Individual FAs can get special dispensation for short-term loans (this already happens in the English lower divisions). If all else fails, Milan could rescind his contract, which would make him a free agent and then he could resign with L.A. These situations are handled on a case-by-case basis.
A: Well, first of all, he wants to stay fit and competitive. He needs to train with somebody and, if he gets a few decent games under his belt, that will only help him. He desperately wants to keep his England career alive and be a part of the 2010 World Cup. And England coach
A: Easy there. Capello left Milan more than 10 years ago, and his relationship with his former club since then hasn't always been good. A more plausible explanation is that Capello simply wants Beckham to play because it's in the interest of England to do so. And he is, after all, the England boss.
A: Well, he had a couple of offers from English clubs. And a couple from elsewhere. But Milan makes sense. They have a great medical staff and a very good set-up -- it's a chance for him to play at a high level with top players. Plus, not many guys can say they've played for Manchester United, Real Madrid and AC Milan. Oh, and the shopping is pretty good on Via della Spiga and Via Montenapoleone.
A: I think it's pretty obvious, no? They like big-name players. This is the club that signed Ronaldinho,
Look at Ronaldinho: He helped them sell an additional 20,000 jerseys and some 40,000 people showed up at his unveiling, where all he did was stand around and juggle a few balls. Beckham would have a similar, if not greater, effect. But yeah, Milan doesn't really need him in a footballing sense.
To Milan, it's a win-win. The worst-case scenario is that he comes, trains with the team, plays a few games, generates some money (some people say as much as $20 million) and then leaves. The best-case scenario is that he makes a tangible contribution on the pitch and maybe even stays.
A: Granted, it's far-fetched. And the plan is for him to return by the time the Galaxy's preseason training camp starts (which is why, incidentally,
A: He's not a slave -- they can't stop him training. They
A: Because when you actually look at it, it's in the Galaxy's interest not to stand in Beckham's way. For a start, L.A. can recoup a little bit of money on him (Milan would have to pay his wages while he's on loan and it can probably hammer out a some kind of deal to allow the loan as well).
Second, I think it actually adds a little bit of prestige to the club and the Beckham brand. When you think about it, when is the last time a top European club took an MLS player on loan? It would show that Beckham is not some over-the-hill circus act stuck in the doldrums of American soccer, but, in fact, has remained a good player despite moving to the States -- something some of his Euro-centric critics are reluctant to admit. So yeah, the Galaxy can get a lot of mileage out of this.
A: Good question. At Milan, all the numbers between 1 and 25 are taken, with the exception of 17, 2 and 6. The latter was