Beckham: Not washed-up just yet

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With David Beckham’s hugely expensive arrival in Los Angeles coming ever closer, it might be worth revisiting just what he’s been doing back in Madrid. From Richard Williams’ blog at

Last January 13, two days after he announced that he would be moving to Los Angeles next season, Fabio Capello said the Englishman would never play for Real Madrid again. Less than a month later, however, Beckham forced his way back into the team and made such an impact that he has stayed there, when not injured or suspended, ever since. Six weeks out with a damaged knee ligament, caused when he fell into an advertising board after crossing the ball at speed, were ended on April 21 when he came off the bench to set up a winner against Valencia, and his presence since then has helped the team to mount the most improbable of late challenges.

As he shuttled between the centre-right of midfield and the right wing in Huelva on Sunday, his perceptive passing and wickedly curling crosses were at the heart of Madrid’s success. He made the opening goal for Robinho, and several other first-half chances were spurned. In the last minute, however, with the score at 2-2 and Madrid needing to win to keep the destiny of the title in their own hands, his energy took him into a position from which he could nudge Gonzalo HiguaĆ­n’s pass on to Fernando Gago and then watch as Roberto Carlos shot home from the decisive pass.

Williams is making the case that Beckham deserves his old spot back on England’s national team. And what’s the relevance for a blog called the Curious Capitalist? Well, he is supposed to make $250 million in LA. That’s capitalism, no?