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Soccer god David Beckham signs $250 million deal with Los Angeles Galaxy

Dylan Vox | January 12, 2007

David Beckham with 'Posh Spice'
LOS ANGELES — It's a paparazzi dream! (o and great for American soccer) Former English football captain David Beckham will leave Real Madrid at the end of the Spanish season for a five-year deal with the Los Angeles Galaxy soccer team worth about $1 million a week, the largest paycheck in world sports.

The 31-year-old former Manchester United star, married to former Spice Girl Victoria "Posh Spice" Adams, will earn a total $250 million over the five years, financed heavily by endorsements.

"I have enjoyed my time here enormously and I am extremely grateful to the club for giving me an opportunity to play for such a great team and their amazing fans." Beckham told the Associated Press when asked about his decision to move state side. "After discussing several options with my family and my advisors to either stay here in Madrid or join other major British and European teams I have decided to join LA Galaxy and play in the Major League Soccer (MLS) from August this year," Beckham added.

Beckham, who joined the Spanish giants from Manchester United in June 2003, is still one of the most recognizable and marketable sports figures in the world despite being dropped by England following last year's World Cup quarterfinal exit and has spent much of the Spanish season on the bench. Beckham has been very vocal about his lack of play time and Spain and rumors had been circulating that he would be leaving after his contract ran out. An entertainment personality who draws paparazzi like a movie star, Beckham and his wife, Victoria, the former Spice Girl, regularly find their way onto tabloid and magazine covers. With snazzy clothes, rotating hair colors and styles and a pop star wife, he is the epitome of the modern mix of celebrity and athlete. The marriage of the Beckhams and Los Angeles is one made in celluloid heaven.

"David Beckham will have a greater impact on soccer in America than any athlete has ever had on a sport globally," said Timothy J. Leiweke, president & CEO of Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) who own the Galaxy. "We are acquiring an individual that will not only be the best ambassador and the best role model for athletes and fans of soccer but the best example of what any athlete can and should be. David is truly the only individual that can build the 'bridge' between soccer in America and the rest of the world."

"I'm going to hopefully build a club and a team that has a lot of potential. I think that is what excites me." Beckham said.

LA Galaxy had made public their interest in Beckham to join there team sometime ago and hopes that his addition will improve interest in Major League Soccer. The news ends months of speculation about the future of the midfielder whose contract with Real Madrid expires at the end of the season. So look out Los Angeles. – Gay Link Content

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