David Beckham is saying he’ll only be out of the game – soccer – with an injury for 6 weeks, some punters are suggesting he’ll be out for the whole season. A season he was paid $6.5 million for. Which, for soccer commentators doing the math, works out to $21,000 a minute for what he’s played so far, 310 minutes.
David has said he needs to rest and allow it to heal properly, “get it right and don’t come back until it’s right,” which is probably very sensible. Not being much of a soccer follower, I’m surprised Galaxy signed him for a reported five years, since by your early 30s (David is 32) aren’t most players getting close to retirement? Or does this more apply to other, rougher kinds of football?
It’s been a hard week for David Beckham, his former Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, who has for the first time come out and commented on his show business lifestyle.
“He [Beckham] was never a problem until he got married,” the 65-year-old said at “An Audience with Sir Alex Ferguson” at the Citizens Theatre. “He used to go into work with the academy coaches at nighttime. He was a fantastic young lad. Getting married into that entertainment scene was a difficult thing. From that moment his life was never going to be the same. He is such a big celebrity, football is only a small part. The big part is his persona.”
Then Sir Bobby Charlrton, the former Manchester United who discovered Becks at his soccer school, added this.
“I think Victoria’s lifestyle affected his game,” said Charlton. “He was a really great footballer and had a terrific talent, but everyone is different and his lifestyle has gone in a different direction.
“When I first saw him, he wanted to be a footballer more than anyone I have ever seen. I wonder sometimes if he thinks what has happened. I would rather he was still playing in England, but he is in America now. He is committed to being there and will earn millions of pounds, so good luck to him.”
Posh and Becks have a chance at a big prize this week, nominated by readers of lad’s mag Loaded, for World’s Best Comedy Duo. Editor Martin Daubney suggests it’s “Victoria’s growing comedy chest or her attempts to integrate into American culture by pitching at baseball matches” that has led them to be nominated.
Not laughing at the whole Posh and Becks overseas move fiasco – Galaxy’s accountant.
Picture note by Celebitchy: Beckham is shown on 8/30 at the game where he injured himself. Pictures thanks to Splash News.