David Beckham is embroiled in a case of he said, she said.
At least his name is.
First came this bit of news out of his former home, Great Britain, courtesy of the BBC:
Roughly eight hours later, the Associated Press refuted their counterparts on the other side of the pond with this:
David Beckham's management company says he has no plans to play in Australia, disputes FFA's claim: apne.ws/U3XaaZ— AP Sports (@AP_Sports) November 16, 2012
So which report is accurate?
Beats me, but after five years with the Los Angeles Galaxy, with whom Beckham signed a new two-year contract in January, it's conceivable that the former Real Madrid and Manchester United star is looking for a new challenge before he's forced to hang up his spikes for good.
He is under contract with the Galaxy, and even a guest-stint in Australia—or anywhere, for that matter—would require jumping through hoops on both sides to make it work.
But here's the thing:
Beckham gains nothing by playing in Australia when the MLS season comes to an end.
Money? He's got more than he knows what to do with.
Fame? Notoriety? Ha! You can't find a more well-known footballer on the planet than David Beckham. He's the face of multiple brands and a global celebrity whose mere presence in public can cause a stampede of fans eager to get close to him.
And he plays in one of the biggest media markets in the world—Los Angeles.
It's not like Beckham has anything left to prove, either. He'll go down in history as one of the greatest players to ever step onto the pitch, a legend in his own time who has been able to transcend the game like very few have ever done.
Becks is also 37 years old. He's not a young man anymore.
While he might want to get as much action in before his career comes to an end, enjoying an offseason where he can rest, relax and allow his body to heal is imperative for him to continue playing at a high level next season, and perhaps for a few years after that.
Heading to Australia, even on a trial basis, makes little sense for Beckham's career.
He's got nothing to gain and everything to lose by putting himself at further risk of injury at this point in his career.