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the team that beckham has signed to.... WHAT?
I think Posh just wants to live the LA life
£60 a minute
that's a pound a second
I think is the word
is it the same?
do you have a pool there? and some exclusive shops?
€1.27 every second
who has lost any passion for the game
£49 a minute
£2,922 an hour
£70,129 a day
£2,133,333 a month
£25600000 a year
£128,000,000 over five years
As i listened to this on the way home last night I contemplated trying to become a WAG. Then i realised I'd be rubbish
out his hourly rate? is that based on the time he spends on the pitch? or pitch + training? or what?
of every second of the five years. I don't believe anyone has used his training schedule or gone through the MLS fixture list. So his earnings per working second/minute/hour will be much more. Even more horrific. I actually don't want to think about it anymore.
it was reported on a radio report i hear as an 'hourly' rate ... i don't see how it's horrific. i'm quite jealous, though..
workings look like he has simply divided everything in years/days/hours etc.
And why is it not horrific? No one in the world needs that much money.
in the world needs more than 20k, though...
needs more than 1k, if we're being completely honest
what does anyone 'need'?
The point is that the argument about footballers earning too much money is a redundant one
This is what I've done. As a large part of what the LA Galaxy want from him is 24 HOUR A DAY PUBLICITY, I think it's the fairest way of doing it.
Yes, he's already obscenely rich. But if there is a club offering that kind of money then he'd be an idiot not to take it. It's as simple as that. He has nothing to prove to anybody (94 caps for your country, many league and FA Cup medals and a nice Champions League one to boot) so it really doesn't matter that he's moved to America
It's the perfect football transfer for by club/league and player
a) He's claiming he wants to further the game in America. Why not do that in England? Also, it didn't work when Pele, Best, Cruyff went over there
b) He has something to prove following the World Cup and being dropped from the England squad despite hardly being past it
c) You say he'd be an idiot not to take it, but he really doesn't need the money so can't be going there because he still has a real interest in playing the game. Otherwise he'd stay in a top league, as he clearly could.
There are more reasons that I can't remember at the moment.
He has a wife and a couple of kids remember.
Those designer clothes don't pay for themselves you know!
Pardon me if this sounds a bit harsh, but if you can't discern the difference between promoting football in the US for £60 a minute and promoting football in the US from England for not nearly as much, the term 'naive' does you a disservice.
As for your other points, his move to LA is the best possible choice for him. This way he can still look like he's actually alright at football and get more rich doing it. If he'd wanted to come back to the premiership, who would have him? Tottenham? Newcastle?
a) Do you really think the Premiership needs David Beckham? We were lucky enough to have him in his prime. He got shit from fans/press when he was here and he's already proven himself as one of the most celebrated English players to play in the Prem. If he were to come back, at best it would be to a club like Newcastle. Why bother?
b) As I say, I think 94 caps is a pretty impressive England career. Yeah, the way he finished his international career was a bit of an anti-climax, but Steve McClaren has done his bit of PR by dropping Beckham and I don't think anybody can see him going back on that
c) I see your point about him being able to still play in a top league. But he's going to a country where he will be the biggest thing to happen in their sport. He is going to be adored by millions of Americans. Would you rather that, or play for Bolton?
to Stealthy, I meant coach or advance the game in England, not advance US 'soccer' from England. I thought that would have been clear.
I didn't necessarily mean the Premiership, just a decent league. I would have liked to have seen him back in the Premiership, but he could have got a move to Italy or another club in Spain I expect. I just don't think this move really demonstrates any desire or interest to push himself or to still play the game seriously. I could understand it more if he was in his late 30s but I think he still has 3-4 good years left in him and has copped out.
The argument about all footballers earning too much is of course relevant, but that doesn't mean it shouldn't be condemned.
there's an argument that all the players who tried to bring the game to america (pele, best et al) were so past their prime that they did the game a disservice and were obviously there for the money.
beckham is still very good and should be in the england squad if not playing.
by going now, while still young he can have a huge influence for five years rather than embarrass the game and himself for two if he went at 36 or something.
i think it's a sensible move really.
he's proved himself as a footballer over here, so he may well do some good over there.
I thought it was so obvious why he wouldn't want to come to England to advance the game that you must have meant something else.
The US is a territory where the potential for making truckloads of money and fame through the underpromoted yet increasingly popular soccer is so incredibly high that to not do it would be stupid.
The UK is a territory where football is already wildly popular and which doesn't need an ex-England team member to help it out. Especially not for FA, which is probably what the FA would be paying him for his 'services'.
told him he was never gonna play for England again.
Otherwise he would have given serious thought to coming back to England or going to Italy.
which I think is a daft thing to do by McClaren. I suspect there shall be other similar decisions made.
In response to people above, I agree with all your points. I think mine is a deeper seated annoyance with the state of football and its players as a commerical and financial vehicle.
Nah, only joking. You make some perfectly valid points. If anybody has the Guardian today, Richard Williams sums up my thoughts on the matter far more eloquently than I ever could