After arriving in town the day before, soccer phenom David Beckham was on hand at San Siro Stadium in Milan, Italy yesterday to not only attend the AC Milan soccer match but to be presented to the assembled fans and, indeed, all of Milan, Italy as the newest member of the soccer team. In a ceremony before the game, Becks was paraded out onto the field draped in the AC Milan colors and accompanied by a mob of cute little boys all wearing replica Beckham jerseys with his name and new number, #32, emblazoned on the back. For the time being, Becks is now officially an AC Milano:
Loan star David Beckham arrived at the San Siro on Sunday clutching his club shirt and was told he could begin AC Milan’s next match against Roma in the Italian capital on January 11. England midfielder Beckham has joined the Rossoneri for three months from Los Angeles Galaxy and was a spectator on Sunday night when they thrashed Udinese 5-1 in a Serie A clash. Beckham his Italian job will help reclaim his place in Fabio Capello’s England squad that is firmly on course for a place at the World Cup finals in South Africa. He currently has 107 caps and needs one more to equal the ‘outfield’ record held by Bobby Moore who held aloft the Jules Rimet trophy in 1966. Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti insists Beckham will come into contention for a starting berth when his side resume after the winter break. Club vice-president Adriano Galliani agreed saying: “Beckham is in good physical condition. He will be here with us for nine Serie A games and will also play some friendlies. “We will then consider whether or not to include him in our UEFA Cup squad because eventually he would only be able to play up to the first and second leg of the last 16 of the competition. “We will make this decision by the end of January.” Milan have been paired with Werder Bremen in the last 32 of the UEFA Cup with the two-leg tie to be played in February. Beckham is set to return to the U.S. at the end of March to prepare for the start of Major League Soccer and would be unavailable from the quarterfinal stages on in Europe. The former Manchester United and Real Madrid maestro officially becomes a Milan player on January 7 and now looks set for his debut four days later … Beckham’s ‘presentation’ at the San Siro prior to kick-off was a rather low-key affair as he strolled on to the pitch to mutter the words ‘Forza Milan’ to a half-empty stadium. He will now get to know his new colleagues at a training camp in Dubai.
Love it! Becks is a show in and of himself. He don’t even need to play soccer to get people excited … that’s a true superstar, y’all. As much as I’m not TOO thrilled that Becks is on load from LA to Milan, I am anxious to see how he does over there. I’d love to see him do well so that he can play with the English team and fulfill more of the goals and benchmarks he’s set for himself professionally. It’s unclear how much longer Becks can remain a high profile, high demand soccer player. I’d love to see him go out on top like he deserves to. Good luck, Becks … we’ll all be rooting for your success!