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David Beckham, despite strong cases by the dynamic duo of Messi and Ronaldo, is still debatably the most marketable footballer in the world. And like Ronaldo (youth career at Sporting permitting), the place where it all began was in the Theatre of Dreams itself.
Beckham left Old Trafford in 2003 after coming up through the youth system in the club and moved to Madrid in a £25 million deal amidst the second incarnation of the Galacticos at the club. Beckham again flourished in Madrid, netting 13 times in 116 appearances, staying in the Spanish capital for four years before again moving, this time to LA Galaxy in the MLS.
After two loan deals to the Italian capital of Milan, during his time at Galaxy, Beckham’s cosmopolitan circumnavigation of world football gained a sense of Italian flair.
Fast forward to the present, and Beckham’s LA Galaxy contract is set to expire in around two months, and so, English football’s most iconic player may soon be coming to a club near you. Well, unless you live in Grimsby…