David Beckham's time in Spain is remembered more for the flashing of light bulbs than for his contributions on the pitch.
A true Galactico though, the English midfielder helped deliver a La Liga title in his final season at Real Madrid, and he's usually thought of fondly by fans of the club despite the media attention that overshadowed his football.
But with several tabloids leading with the headline "Real Want Beckham Back" today, raised eyebrows should really be lowered before fantasies of him lining up alongside Cristiano Ronaldo in Jose Mourinho's lineup are born.
Club president Florentino Perez is indeed keen on bringing Beckham back to Madrid, but only in an "ambassadorial role," according to The Mirror.
Per the report:
"Beckham met up with Perez when Real Madrid toured the US last summer and Zinedine Zidane has also championed a link-up with his ex-team mate.
Ex-England captain Beckham had four glorious years in Madrid and Perez remains close and a huge admirer for what Goldenballs has done around the globe."
Naturally, the possibility of Beckham finishing his football career at Real is absurd—the 37-year-old's legs are gone, and he would perhaps struggle to even make the Bernabeu bench for games.
It is still worth asking, though: Would he accept a backstage role at the club at the end of his playing career? Would "Posh" let him?
I'm sure he still has an affinity for the club, but it is well known his loyalties lie primarily with Manchester United.
If he were offered an ambassadorial role at Old Trafford, any offer from elsewhere would be thrown straight in the wastepaper bin.
Victoria Beckham's fondness for all things American might also prevent her husband accepting a job overseas, whether in Madrid or Manchester.
Of course, all of this speculation is backseat stuff compared to rumours of where his playing career will take him next.
For now, the battle to sign David Beckham and give him the final challenge he craves seems to be between West Ham and PSG (sorry Australia, it's not going to happen).
Real will have to wait.
What do you think of speculation linking Beckham with a return to Madrid? Would he make a good ambassador for Real?