David Beckham revealed Tuesday that he still has an "itch" to play professionally again, but the best thing for him to do would be to leave his legacy intact.
The former Manchester United and LA Galaxy star had an immensely successful career that spanned over 20 years, and had him play games for contrasting clubs Preston North End on-loan, and the biggest club in the world, Real Madrid.
It's only natural that after playing for such a long-time that Beckham would feel the urge to want to return. But it's the type of return that Beckham is suggesting that just doesn't fit for him.
As he told a BBC documentary, "there's never been a player/owner, but maybe." These comments were regarding his proposed MLS venture in Miami."
He went further and explained, "Now I go to watch a basketball game and, when you are watching athletes play at the top of their game, it gives me that itch again and I want to be back in the game and I start thinking to myself 'Could I play again? Could I go back? Could I come out of retirement and start playing again?'"
This is actually quite a unique situation when you think about. A player that's retired saying that they might want to come out of retirement in as many as three years in the future, not now, no in three years!
Rather than come out of retirement with his scheduled MLS venture in Miami, it would make more sense if Beckham wanted a last hurrah playing a season alongside David Villa - and possibly Frank Lampard - at New York City, but to be playing at the age of 41 or 42 in Miami seems a little far fetched even for the great Becks.
A contract clause during his time with the Galaxy left him in a situation whereby he can purchase an MLS franchise for $25 million. His scheduled Miami team is set to be plying their trade in the MLS from the start of either the 2016 or 2017 season.
But here's the thing. If Beckham truly wants to make a seamless transition into ownership, he shouldn't be thinking about returning to the game.
Yes, if he plays in their opener it will be even more popular than it would be without him playing. But that's not the point. He can't play until he's 45 to get the Miami franchise off the ground, and it would be selfish of him to put his playing interests before the needs of his franchise.
He needs to be just the owner of this Miami team. He needs to be thinking about who to lure to Miami, and what type of make up players would suit the Florida lifestyle.
That's why Beckham needs to relieve his "Itch" sooner rather than later. Whether that be by going to New York City or just playing park football. But he should stay clear of clouding his MLS franchise.
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