Also, would he manage to hold on to his England captaincy if he's not getting much playing time? Macca, although a more rounded player now than he ever was at Liverpool, missed the World Cup due to lack of playing time at Real. Could this happen to Becks? Possibly and it's something he will have to keep in mind. The most annoying thing is that it seems Becks is not even wanted for his footballing skills. I am yet to speak to anyone who watches a lot of live football (in other words not the experts in the armchairs who see the highlights once a week) who thinks Becks is in the same league as Figo or Zidane. That is other than the numerous journalists in the pocket of certain companies who tell us every day how good he is to boost his brand imaging. Madrid have little need for Becks other than as a marketing tool and that's one of the sadder things about football. As important, or more so in Becks' case, is the fact that he can move the shirts off the rails as is his ability to score or create goals. More relevant is his ability to sell sunglasses than his capacity to influence the outcome of a match. As for Fergie at United, I am sure he will not think long if a decent bid comes in for the Spice Boy. Fergie hates the culture of celebrity -- one of the few in Britain who does, it seems. The determined Scotsman is looking for a player who can take opposing players on. After crashing out of the Champions League to a far superior Real, he claimed Madrid were better than United because the Spanish side have at least four players -- Ronaldo, Raul, Zidane and Figo -- who can beat players in important positions, while United only have one -- Giggs -and he's not been on top form this season. He was alluding to the fact that Becks rarely takes players on, and, although he can knock in a stunning free-kick with a deft right foot and sometimes his long balls are spot on it is obviously not the way to make the final of the Champions League. Becks is also quite often non-existent in matches. Where was he in the first-leg, the more important of the two matches for United? He was not to be seen, in fact you would have been forgiven for thinking he wasn't even in the starting line-up. I, for one, would love to see Becks in Spain. He is not improving in the Premier League and for England's sake we need a much better, more dimensional player to lead the centre of midfield if the national team is ever going to win a major competition again. The only way that will happen will be through hard work, because if he carries on the way he is now, with celebrity as important to him as football, he will not only be seeing a lot of the Madrid bench, he will also be seeing a lot of the England bench. Not to mention the New York Metrostars' one.
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