David Beckham is undoubtedly one of soccer’s most recognizable faces, and has been for well over almost two decades. He has played in multiple countries, and won all of the awards and championships known to the sport.
One could even argue that he was the player that paved the way for the likes of Christiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to be propelled onto the stage as they are now.
In this, the end of his final season with an MLS team, the Los Angeles Galaxy, we are left wondering what is to come in this illustrious career and beyond.
He has often hinted at exploring the other side of soccer, whether that be managing or owning a team, in the U.S or elsewhere. So, if he really does decide to hang up the boots for good, what should we remember about Mr. Beckham?
He Changed the Face of Soccer…Literally
When David Beckham exploded onto the scene with Manchester United in the early 90′s, his movie star looks, his long flowing perfect hair—along with his immense talent—were unheard of in sports. The closest thing that Manchester United had ever come to anything like this, was Eric Cantona. His ability to master free kicks added a skill to his arsenal that nobody at the time possessed, and quite frankly, nobody has yet to master as he has.
Not only did he revolutionize the way in which people play the game, but how the game itself was marketed. The moment his strapped on Adidas Predator soccer boots, Adidas’ revenue went sky high. He was, and continues to be a marketing genius.
He has changed the way in which the game is approached not only in England but very much so in America. It’s no accident that jersey sales, ticket sales, and attendance went up when he flew across the pond to play in L.A.
He continues to Step Outside the Box
As mentioned, David Beckham is a marketing genius. He’s already made the seamless transition from pitch to pitchman. Soccer stars having a plethora of endorsements was almost unheard of; that is, until he came along. What started out as just Brylcreem has exploded into Adidas, H&M and a mass amount of other things.
The bottom line is, his future after soccer, whatever he chooses to do, will thrive with him at the helm. He has made himself into a world-wide sensation, and many of these exploits now come off the pitch. Putting what he was given into motion and investing wisely has certainly paid of for David Beckham.
He Leaves a Mark on the Game
No matter what the next 6 months hold for Beckham, he will forever be remembered as a pioneer and an ambassador to the sport of soccer. Boys and girls; all fans worldwide will always know who he is. Whether this is because they have his jersey, his hair products or have even seen the feature film named for him, he will forever be immortalized.
Love him or hate him, David Beckham has had one of the most successful careers in an international sport that is hard to crack into. He can most certainly hang up his boots with nothing but pride. Having won so many major competitions, individual awards, and representing his country at the highest level, he is truly one of the greats.