LA Galaxy to erect statue of David Beckham 2 years ago

LA Galaxy to erect statue of David Beckham

Let's hope it's a more flattering depiction than Ronaldo's

David Beckham is set to be cast in bronze by his former club LA Galaxy, who will erect a statue of him outside their Dignity Health Sports Park stadium.

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The former England captain was the first superstar to move to Major League Soccer, when he left Real Madrid for sunny California aged 31. Beckham proved to be something of a trailblazer, as other stars including Robbie Keane, Steven Gerrard and Zlatan Ibrahimović followed suit in the twilight of their careers.

The 43-year-old spent six years in LA, enjoying brief loan spells back to Europe in the off-season, before retiring in 2013, with his final game ever coming at the Parc des Princes for Paris Saint-Germain.

He is now the co-owner of MLS expansion club Inter Miami, which is set to join the league in 2020, if they can finalise a deal on where to build their stadium.

Beckham's effect on MLS cannot be under-estimated. His move in 2007 has given the league a huge boost in popularity and viewership, and the former Manchester United midfielder will become the first MLS player ever to receive a statue.

It will be unveiled before LA Galaxy's first game of the season against Chicago Fire on 2 March.

Hopefully, it will show a stronger resemblance to its subject than the statue of Cristiano Ronaldo at Madeira airport, which looked like a child's drawing that parents reluctantly stuck up on the fridge.

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Beckham recently became a part-owner of non-league club Salford City alongside former Manchester United team-mates Gary and Phil Neville, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt.