David Beckham seems in no rush to walk away from the sport that has propelled him to iconic status. Hence, rumors of his next team stretch far and wide.
Name a city and a simple Google search will likely unveil an article with his reported potential signing.
On Monday, Beckham announced his departure from the L.A. Galaxy. After six seasons with the club, he insists the upcoming MLS Cup on December 12 will not be the end of his career.
While offers flood his agent’s office, the thought of retirement will eventually enter the conversation, even if only briefly.
So once David Beckham unlaces his boots for the last time, in which direction will his life turn?
The L.A. Galaxy Midfielder certainly looked the part in his suit on England’s sideline for the 2010 World Cup.
Outside of Beckham’s renowned passing and spot kicks, his leadership stands alone. He captained England at just 25 and put on the captain's armband as soon as he walked in to the Home Depot Center.
But despite these striking qualifications, Beckham himself put a stop to this prospect as early as 2010. Reported in the Daily Mail, Beckham explained that he would rather coach kids than be a manager.
This laughed-off response should be taken seriously. Beckham was a product of Tottenham Hotspur's junior academy, where he developed his talents as a youngster. Memories of these experiences along with his philanthropic inclination may make the perfect combination to inspire this endeavor.
Maybe the David Beckham Football Academy—that already sounds acclaimed.
If his body breaks down and he still can’t shake that passion for the game, broadcasting will be a likely option.
After notching up two decades of press conferences, his distinct tone would not be unfamiliar.
He is unlikely to have iconic calls on Brian Moore’s caliber. But nevertheless, his color and insight into the game will be powerful. So much so, that even a die-hard Man City fan would sit through a Man United game for Beckham’s perspective.
If and when that happens, in which country he hoists a microphone will be the next question. America or England? MLS or Premier League?
For some athletes, their passion for their sport cannot be grasped. In the varying degrees of this notion, many professional athletes find it hard to walk away even when their body begs them.
But on the other hand, some view their profession as just a job. Their new dream involves a family, not a football.
Brooklyn, 13, Romeo, 9, Cruz, 7, and Harper, 1, will no doubt be the biggest temptation drawing David away from the field for good.
A dad, a commentator or a coach—whatever happens–David Beckham has done more than enough to cement his place in soccer’s coveted history book.