The End of King David?

17 Mar

At least today, the era of the beloved David Beckham, the King of Soccer, is dead. Last week, in the European Champions League, he came home to Manchester United to what now looks tragically like adieu. Four days later, the arrow struck, and like Achilles, Beckham’s weakness was exposed. It seemed as if he was taken off to meet his Great Soccer Maker. His bruised and battered face in his final moments for fashionable Milan gave word that his battle was over, and the gospel writers could now get to work on penning the myth for future generations.

So let us not think of miracle returns. Beckham was the King of Football’s Promised Land. He was marked with the tattoos of wealth and riches, a life of spice, and a gem of profession. His fellow players worshipped his power because he stretched beyond the elastic of soccer. He posed for underwear adverts. He spent much of his spare time as an evangelist for promise.  Because Beckham was not the best, he could not let his feet do all of the talking. And that’s why millions liked him, not for his goals, but for his brief moments of inspiration that gave forth to a vital contribution. He used his kick to sling shots. Beckham was a layer of goals, the temple builder; he was a foot that made.

The raising of Lazarus is a tough act to follow. And even if a hobbling Beckhamite figure returns from the wilderness in a year to occasionally run up and down the field for a second rate team, it will be a ghost, and a horrible death rattle. Better that he remains free from this kind of purgatory. Let him wander as a spirit of the game. The role of ambassador, statesman, awaits the man. But no more will he bend it like Beckham.


2 Responses to “The End of King David?”

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  2. Daniel Page March 18, 2010 at 1:57 pm #

    It’s sad to see him miss out on the World Cup. The first World Cup I watched was 2006 and it was always exciting for me to see England play because he was one of the few players I”d heard of (the others were all MLS players).

    P.S. Alan, I loved reading your book last summer. Do you have any current favorite players, or any favorite players form the past?

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