By Chineze Ogugua
David Beckham has been appointed as an official ambassador for Real Madrid. This was revealed by club president Florentino Perez though the former England captain has yet to make an official announcement.
Beckham, who is set to launch an MLS club later this year, spent four years as a Madrid player from 2003 to 2007.
There has also been speculation that Beckham could return to the Bernabeu in an off-pitch role, with his agents denying a story last October that he had agreed to be an official club ambassador.
However, Madrid president Florentino Perez told Fox Deportes that he spoke with Beckham while in Miami for last month’s International Champions Cup Clasico against Barcelona, and an ambassadorial position was close to being confirmed.
This is an excerpt from the interview:
“The great players are those who have given us this great image of the club since 2000,these players like [Luis] Figo, [Zinedine] Zidane, Ronaldo and Beckham, who I have just seen here and was delighted to see him again. They remain our ambassadors, Zidane as coach, Ronaldo Nazario, Roberto Carlos. And now David Beckham too is going to join up with us as an ambassador.”
If the stories are true, then Beckham joins Raul Gonzalez who has returned to the club this summer in an as yet undefined backroom role, Zinedine Zidane who is currently breaking records for the club as a coach,Roberto Carlos who is a commentator on Real Madrid TV and Ronaldo de Lima as club ambassadors.
Apart from Real Madrid,Beckham has played for Manchester United, Preston North End, LA Galaxy, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain during an illustrious playing career.