David Beckham Leaving L.A. Galaxy: What Will He Do Next?
Los Angeles Galaxy star David Beckham is leaving the team after its Major League Soccer Cup game on Dec. 1, team officials announced Monday, Nov. 19.
"When David Beckham signed with the L.A. Galaxy in 2007, he set out to help grow MLS and the sport of soccer in North America," MLS Commissioner Don Garber said in a statement announcing the 37-year-old Brit's departure. "There is no doubt that MLS is far more popular and important here and abroad than it was when he arrived."
Beckham indeed raised the profile of soccer in North America. During his six seasons in L.A., the Galaxy made it to the playoffs four times and reached the league title game three times. Off the field, he and his wife, Spice Girl-turned-fashion designer Victoria Beckham, became fixtures on the Hollywood scene (along with their four adorable kids).
The famed English midfielder isn't hanging up his cleats for good, though. In the statement announcing his departure, Beckham said he wants "to experience one last challenge before the end of [his] playing career." The question is: Where?
A source close to the soccer star's management team tells Us Weekly that "serious offers" are currently on the table from clubs in Paris, France; Shanghai, China; Seoul, South Korea; and Becks' home country, England.
(ESPN reports that several Australian clubs -- including the Melbourne Heart and Western Sydney -- have also expressed interest in the athlete, but an insider tells Us that Beckham has already ruled out a move Down Under.)
"David has a lot of thinking to do," the source says of the star, who previously played for Manchester United and Real Madrid. "Ultimately I think he would like to keep the family in America, and there is Victoria's career to think about, too, but they have not ruled out moving to another country."
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