One of the greatest footballers of his generation and a man who helped change the face of football has decided to call an end to his illustrious career. In a season that will end with two Manchester United icons, Sir Alex Ferguson and Paul Scholes, retiring from the game, a third United legend has also decided to hang up his boots. PSG midfielder David Beckham yesterday made the announcement that he will retire from the game at the end of this season. The former Manchester United, Real Madrid, LA Galaxay and AC Milan star will forever be remembered for his brilliance on the pitch, and his flashing lifestyle off it. Beckham had this to say:
“Over the years when I’ve seen players retire, when you ask them they said ‘you’ll know when you’re ready’… I think I know when I’m ready.
“It’s difficult because I still think I can play at the top level … but I’ve always said to myself I want to go out on top.
“Sometimes people have looked at certain other things that have gone on throughout my career, sometimes that’s overshadowed what I’ve done on the pitch.
“As much as I say that doesn’t hurt me, of course it does.
“I’m a footballer that has played for some of the biggest clubs in the world, played with some of the best players in the world, played under some of the biggest and best managers and achieved almost everything in football.”
Asked when he decided the time was right to call time on his career, he joked:
“Probably when Messi was running past me in that home game!”
A true footballing icon, you will forever be missed Mr.Beckham. Good luck in your future endeavors.
With the news that Manchester City are set to appoint Malaga boss Manuel Pellegrini as their new manager this summer, the Chilean manager has already told the club who he wants his first signing to be and it’s a real exciting one. Pellegrini hopes to bring with him his own club superstar in Spanish playmaker Isco. The 21 year old is in the same mold as Andres Iniesta, Juan Mata, David Silva and Santi Cazorla who are all world class players in their own rights. The Benalmádena born kid has broken into the Spanish national side and is quickly becoming an integral part in the side. His natural position is the no. 10, but can also play on either flank or as a false 9. City are hoping not to have to pay the full £27million buy-out clause for him, but if it comes to that they will. Some may think that fee is a little extravagant for a kid who isn’t regarded as top class just yet, but believe it or not, City would be getting him on the cheap. Isco can surly turn out to be one of the world’s best in years to come. If Manuel can make a few more signings in the Isco elk then City will be in good hands from here on out.
Such an elegant footballer
Tottenham Hotspur have made signing a top class striker their main priority this summer, and reports in Spain are flying around that a €12million offer has been made by Spurs for Barcelona striker David Villa. The 31 year old is Spain’s all-time leading scorer and one of the most deadly forwards in world football. He may be reaching the end of his peak years, but he, like so few, has a natural killer instinct in front of goal which in this case makes him a very valuable asset even at that age. It’s believed Tottenham are prepared to offer Villa his €130,000 week wages, but it’s still unclear whether Villa himself wants to make the move. He is almost certain to leave the club this summer after winning every single trophy possible for both club and country. He’s got nothing left to prove in the game, but a fresh challenge in a new league could open his appetite once more. Stay tuned.
Chelsea have cemented their status as the undisputed champions of Europe by beating Benfica in the Europa League final in Amsterdam tonight. They become the first team to hold both the UEFA Champions League and Europa League trophies at the same time. An amazing achievement by the London Blues, and who could have predicted it? Maybe Rafa? In any case it’s many many congratulations to Chelsea and all their supporters.
Chelsea icon Frank Lampard has finally been given what he has so long wanted and deserved and that’s a contract extension at the club. The 34 year old English midfielder has agreed a new one year deal at the club, and will probably be handed that from here on out similar to Giggs and Scholes. This will surly be music to the ears of every Chelsea fan and Premier League fans as well. Good job there Roman.
Wigan Athletic have officially been relegated from the Barclays Premier League following eight successful seasons in the top flight. The northwestern side have escaped the drop season after season, but how ironic is it that the first time they win a major trophy in 53 years is the same year they fail to beat the drop? Wigan become the first side to win the FA Cup and get relegated in the same season. What will this mean for Wigan? Unfortunately it doesn’t look like they’ll be back anytime soon. And what about Roberto Martinez? The Spaniard is currently one of the most sought after managers in Europe, yes even with a relegation on his CV, and Everton could be his next destination. Though Malaga and Athletic Bilbao are also watching his situation very closely. Stay tuned, and best of luck to Dave Whelan and Wigan in the future.
After news broke last night that Manchester City have sacked manager Roberto Mancini, we all knew who would replace him in the dugout next season and it will be non-other than Malaga boss Manuel Pellegrini. The 59 year old Chilean manager is very highly rated both in South America and in Spain, so much so as a matter of fact that Barcelona were even considering taking him in when Pep Guardiola departed the club. In recent years Pellegrini has proved he’s got the eye and experience to make his teams perform to maximum potential as he’s showed with Villareal, Real Madrid and now Malaga.
He’s also got a knack for bringing the best out of players, as he’s coached some top class names like Juan Roman Riquelme, Diego Forlan, Juan Pablo Sorin, Santi Cazorla and now Isco. And though some may have doubts about his transition to English football, hey, at least he speaks proper English. And he’ll also be a hit with the media because of his very respectful and calm nature. City officials have told Pellegrini and his people that not only do they want short term success and adding new top names, but also the style of play and more youth development is required from the new boss and his staff. There’s no denying this man has what it takes to succeed in England, but will he be able to face the pressure? After all, he did help Real Madrid get their highest points tally ever in one season (96). But then again, they didn’t win the league that year. It’s all geared to be a very interesting campaign next season at the City of Manchester.