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Despite all the people wanting Robbie Keane or David Beckham to bag the winning goal in the MLS Cup Final, I wasn't surprised when it was Landon Donovan. After all, Donovan has, to me, always been not only the LA Galaxy's best player, but the MLS' best player for years now.
Despite the influx of Designated Players from around the globe like Thierry Henry or Rafa Marquez, Landon Donovan has always been the best player MLS has to offer, in my opinion at least. His story reminds me of one of my childhood football idols.
As an Egyptian, I'm often asked by many people why it is that Mohamed Aboutrika never chose to pursue a career in Europe. Why did he stay with Al-Ahly for so long when most African players jump at the opportunity to play abroad?
The answer to this is, of course, not straightforward. But the reason why I bring it up is that in Landon Donovan I see someone whose story is very similar to Mohamed Aboutrika.
Both play for the best team in their respective leagues, both are the best players in their league (or, in the case of Aboutrika, were; the Egyptian midfielder is 33 and his age is slowly catching up with him), and both were for some time major targets for big teams in Europe.
Yet both players snubbed offers from abroad to stay home.
Why? Well that's obviously open to debate. Some might say that they're heroes in their domestic league and don't want to give that up to be a role player abroad.
Others might say its their loyalty to the growth of the game at home and contentment with the simple life rather than the lavish lifestyle that many top-level footballers live in Europe with their high-end salaries.
With David Beckham expected to leave, speculation around Landon Donovan is growing, with many expecting him to return to Everton this January. He himself has said that it would be hard to say no.
Yet, I am certain that it will once again be only on loan and that at the end of the season he will return to the MLS, ready to be the league's best player and golden boy once more.