Give David Beckham his due
May 11, 2007 by William K. Wolfrum
As a player, David Beckham has always had a bad rap as being overrated. It’s really more that he’s overrated in comparison to his popularity, which is mind-boggling.
As a player, however, one need only to look at his teammates, who always have a high opinion of him, even when he is preparing to leave the club.
“We all know that is going to leave at the end of the season and we have to make the most of every moment that we have to work with him, because he wants to leave Madrid with a title to celebrate with the fans, and we have to make the most of all the training sessions and win every match so that can do this,” said Real Madrid’s right back, Cicinho.
Just something to keep in mind when you hear the “Beckham is overrated” card being played. He’s older, but still a marvelously talented and intelligent footballer. He’ll bring those skills to the U.S. soon, and it will be interesting to see if he has the effect Major League Soccer hopes he will.
In the long term, it will be difficult for Beckham to shine in a nation where the term “Bend it like Beckham” isn’t even understood. Be assured, however, that both on and off the pitch, Beckham will do everything he can to make the move a success.