Beckham hints at playing return for Miami
Another intriguing chapter in David Beckham’s career could open up with a recent hint that his playing days may not be over.
June 4th, 2014
With the former England captain set to launch a Major League Soccer club in Miami as soon as 2016, Beckham told a BBC documentary that he may yet put back on the metaphorical boots which he hung up last May at Paris St-Germain.
Two weeks after he turned 38, Beckham announced that he would be retiring from the game at the end of last season’s Ligue 1 campaign, in which he won a league medal in his fourth different country of play, before announcing that he would be exercising an option in his LA Galaxy contract to start an MLS franchise.
As the bids get underway for which piece of prime Miami beach-side real estate gets the MLS stadium treatment, with a recent rent proposal by his consortium dismissed as “too far apart” from what city planners were looking for, Beckham dropped a tasty hint that he could achieve a world’s first during his early tenure at the club, after inspiration struck at a Lakers basketball game.
“There’s never been a player-owner…but maybe?
“I go to watch a basketball game and, when you are watching athletes play at the top of their game, it gives me that itch again and I want to be back in the game and I start thinking to myself ‘Could I play again? Could I go back? Could I come out of retirement and start playing again?’”
If Beckham wishes to be the first player-owner in footballing history, he’ll need to put some skates on as well as the boots; the England side’s record-capped outfield player is now 39 and we’re at least two years away from seeing the new expansion team take to their field (which hasn’t even been built yet) for the first time – 41 is just about fair enough for a goalkeeper these days as it was for Peter Shilton who played at Italia ’90 aged 40 – but Beckham’s midfield general days are behind him.
Nonetheless, in the honestly not quite as competitive MLS, and with his own $25 million investment on the line for a good performance, we could yet see old Goldenballs back in the MLS as an active player. Stranger things have happened.