The most famous active footballer in the world arrived in LA from Madrid to a whirlwind of press in 2007 to become the leagues first Designated Player.
Upon his arrival he stated that his mission was to grow the popularity of the sport in the United States, but was he successful?
Stadiums sold out and Beckham 23 jerseys flew off the shelves. Some time after his arrival, the media members on ESPN's Around the Horn were discussing whether Beckham had made an impact on the popularity of the league, without realizing the irony that they never would be discussing an MLS topic on the show if it wasn't for him.
But on the field?
Injuries hampered Beckham initially, he was also accused of a lack of dedication to the club by his teammate Landon Donovan in Grant Wahl's book "The Beckham Experiment" as Beckham showed a priority to his personal appearances, representing England and his two loan spells to AC Milan. The latter of which resulted in another long term injury which saw the midfielder miss almost the entire 2010 season.
Entering his fifth season with the Galaxy, he has to date made just 52 appearances for the club, scoring nine goals. During these appearances there has been flashes of his pinpoint passing and crossing plus the occasional trademark free-kick.
Has his on field performances been worth his hefty salary? Did he attain all his off field goals?
The answers probably no to both, but given the attention the league attained, the birth of the Designated Player and the continued growth of the league since 2007, there is certainly good that has come from this move, which sees him at the top end of the list.