David Beckham Leaves LA Galaxy: 7 Clubs That He Could Play for Next
After five years, the Beckham experiment is done in Los Angeles.
The MLS' most recognizable face announced Monday that he would be leaving the L.A. Galaxy after the team's MLS Cup rematch with the Houston Dynamo December 1.
The 37-year-old Beckham also implied that he would be taking his talents out of the United States as he suggested that his relationship with the MLS would eventually continue through ownership.
So one obvious question arises from this announcement: Where will Beckham end up after he cuts ties with the Galaxy?
Here are seven clubs the former England captain could find himself playing for in the near future.
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Paris Saint-Germain are quickly becoming the go-to option for any big-name player looking for a transfer.
This French club are the definition of nouveau riche, as their new Qatari owners have been splashing the cash around for the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Jeremy Menez and manager Carlo Ancelotti.
The city life of Paris will obviously be appealing for Beckham and his family.
Further, one final chance at European football will be a big pro for Becks, especially given PSG's spot in the Champions League.
The only real downside is how Beckham would fit in such a good side. If he wants to play first-team football every match, this is probably not the move for him. Then again, at 37 years of age, maybe a diminished role in a top side is what Beckham is looking for.
The move is such a natural that there are already links between PSG and Beckham.
Paris should be the early front-runners.
I mean, how could Beckham pass up the opportunity to send crosses in to Ibrahimovic?
Another team with lots of money to splash around, Shanghai Shenhua have not shown any qualms about buying players past their prime. Just look at their striking unit, which features former Chelsea pair Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka.
When Beckham came to the MLS, his goal was to bring football to a huge potential market where the sport wasn't as big as it was in other parts of the world. A move to Shanghai would offer the same opportunity, just with an even bigger potential market and a better opportunity of success.
Add in the aforementioned striking duo, and this should be a very enticing potential move in terms of on-pitch performance.
However, a move to China would be a huge cultural shift for Beckham and his family.
Are the off-field negatives going to weigh out the on-field positives? We will see.
Melbourne Heart, Perth Glory or Western Sydney Wanderers
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Much like the Chinese league, the Australian A-League is another project for Beckham, as he would look to spread the beautiful game to a new market.
While China has the potential audience and big money to offer, Australia offers a smooth shift off the pitch for Beckham and his family.
Further, more and more high-profile players who are past their prime (Alessandro del Piero, Emile Heskey) have moved to the A-League over the past year.
Of the Australian teams that look ready to bid for Beckham, the Melbourne Heart are the front-runners. They boast a large market, as Melbourne is the second largest city in Australia, and the Brazilian Fred.
Meanwhile, the Perth Glory and the Western Sydney Wanderers have started the A-Leauge season well. With the former, Beckham would have the opportunity of playing with New Zealand striker Shane Smeltz, while the latter has Japanese attacker Shinji Ono.
Expect all three clubs to come after Beckham with as much money as they can muster.
Could Beckham's brand do wonders for the A-League?
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Similar to PSG, Anzhi has all the money to offer Beckham, but maybe not the playing time.
The Russian side have been splashing cash around for a few years now, acquiring Samuel Eto'o and Yuri Zhirkov over the past few seasons.
The side does offer some European competition, as they are currently top of their Europa League group and vying for a Champions League spot for next year.
However, the 37-year-old Beckham probably wouldn't be an every-match player for them.
If that doesn't bother Beckham, though, this might be an appealing prospect.
Then again, Mrs. Beckham might not agree with the Russian lifestyle.
All in all, the pros of this deal are similar to PSG while the cons are much more.
I don't expect this to be an option, but I have been wrong before.
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We all know how Beckham feels about the Premier League, but would a club in the EPL really splash cash for a 37-year-old Beckham?
I doubt it, but it's hard to overlook a club that bookies put at 6/1 to sign Becks.
The Hammers have signed a few big names over the past year, such as Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan.
One can also see why Beckham would want to go to Upton Park, especially given the club's surprisingly hot start to the Premier League season.
However, Becks certainly would not be a fixture in the starting 11 and would probably struggle to get into the team.
This is still a possibility though, for the mere fact that Beckham might just want a return to the Premier League at any cost.
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