Earn it like Beckham

A milestone in sports today, and what other person would you expect it from than Mr. David Beckham. There has been speculation about his future at Real Madird for a while now, and he has always expressed interest in playing in America.

David Beckham will leave Real Madrid in June and join MLS team L.A. Galaxy. He will receive a staggering US$250 million over 5 seasons. This equates to roughly $1 million a week, which makes him the highest paid athlete in the world and dwarves the 10 year $252 million contract of A-Rod.

You have got to love the irony that David was signed as their marquee player (AKA the Beckham Rule). See Darren’s previous post for more on this.

Beckham isn’t just a player, but a brand. I believe L.A. Galaxy are on a good thing here. Attendances will be up, merchandise sales will grow and I am sure that Hollywood being in the vicinity was not just a coincidence.

– Chris Lesley