He could go anywhere in the world and is reportedly not about to return to the Premier League. So where could he end up?
Despite reportedly being ready to settle in London David Beckham is still considering a move to somewhere far-reaching in 2013. It is believed if he cannot play at the highest level he would enjoy a similar experience to the one he had in USA with LA Galaxy; where he could raise the profile of the game in a country struggling to earn followers or by setting some form of new trend for foreign players to lay their cap.
So which country will Becks end up in?
The fans in Australia certainly adore Becks through years of watching Premier League football and he could do wonders for the profile of the sport which has seen the likes of Harry Kewell, Emile Heskey and Alessandro Del Piero recently come aboard with mixed success. He should already be used to calling the game ‘soccer’ so in that respect it would be a simple transition.
One country being mentioned as a possible destination is Brazil; who have recently lured many big names to play in the Campeanato over the past few years. A country that is finding its feet as a financial power there would certainly be many clubs willing and ready to stump up the cash for Becks. The big names going to Brazil have mainly been Brazilians themselves so Becks could move over as one of the biggest foreign signings in the country’s history. Sao Paulo, Santos, Corinthians and Atletico Mineiro would have the money to convince him while one of his former coaches Vanderlei Luxemburgo is currently head coach at Gremio.
Another country that is fast catching up with the rest of Europe but only a handful of clubs would have a genuine shot at signing Becks. Zenit Saint Petersburg would not likely be interested so Anzhi Makhachkala, Rubin Kazan or any of the Moscow clubs would be his best bet. Whether this would fulfil Beckham’s needs however is up for debate.
An interesting mention but it is widely believed that one of the opportunities being laid out for Beckham is a move to South Africa. It would certainly fill the criteria of a unique challenge similar to the one he took up when moving stateside and in terms of his charity work it would be an ideal place to base himself for work with Unicef in Africa. Only Ajax Cape Town would likely be able to afford him.
Another country with untapped footballing talent but this move would certainly be the most financially influenced of any of the others. In light of recent events involving Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba the former Manchester United man may think twice about an oriental adventure.
A strange one but in relation to the rest of Europe the French league has remained stagnant in recent years. It would also keep him closer to home than any of the other options while the Qatari owners of Paris Saint-Germain would pin-point the move as not only a coup for French football but Qatar as a country.
Anywhere in the world
The great thing about being in Beckham’s situation is that he can quite literally go and play football anywhere in the world right now. There have been several suggestions about going to play in the Middle East with Saudi Arabia a likely location while countries such as Mexico, Japan and even India would kill for a player of Beckham’s profile to come over and raise the leagues popularity worldwide.
So where do you think Becks will end up?
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