David Beckham: Legend Takes on La Liga With an Uninspiring Spell at Real Madrid

David BeckhamLate August 2003, Real Madrid won their first piece of silverware of the 2003/04 season as they emerged victorious in the Spanish Super Cup over two legs against RCD Mallorca, with none other than David Beckham scoring the final goal in a 3-0 victory. This set the stage for the beginning of the league season. Playing in a star-studded team along with the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Raul, Luis Figo, and Roberto Carlos, Beckham did not need much time to settle in at his new club. He scored 5 times in his first 16 matches, including a goal less than three minutes into his La Liga debut. Real Madrid were runners up in the Copa Del Rey and were knocked out of the Champions League at the quarter final stage. They also finished the league season in 4th place that season.

In October 2004, Beckham made more headlines, after he admitted to intentionally fouling Ben Thatcher in and England match against Wales in order to get himself booked. The Football Association asked Beckham for an explanation of his actions and he admitted he had “made a mistake” and apologized. He was sent off shortly afterwards, playing for Madrid against Valencia. Having received a yellow card, he was judged to have sarcastically applauded the referee’s decision which resulted in a second bookable offence. The suspension was cancelled on appeal two days later.

On December 3, 2005, Beckham was sent off for a third time that season in a league match against Getafe. One day later, manager Luxemburgo was axed and replaced by Juan  Roman Lopez Caro. By the end of that season, Beckham led the La Liga assist chart. Real Madrid finished the 2005/06 season second behind rivals Barcelona, albeit with a 12-point margin, and they reached the last 16 of the Champions League, but lost to Arsenal.

David BeckhamAt the beginning of the 2006/07 season, Beckham had only started a few games, as Jose Antonio Reyes was preferred out on the right. In the first nine games Beckham started, Real Madrid lost seven. On January 2007, after prolonged negotiations, Real Madrid’s sporting director Predrag Mijatovic revealed that David Beckham would not remain at the club after the end of the season. However, he later claimed that he was mistranslated and that he actually said Beckham’s contract had not been renewed.

Then on January 11, 2007, Beckham revealed he had signed a 5-year contract with LA Galaxy, which began on July 1 of that same year. Two days later, manager Fabio Capello said Beckham had already played his last game for the club, but he continued to train with the squad. However, Capello backtracked on his statement allowing Beckham to rejoin the squad for the game against Real Sociedad on February 10, 2007. Beckham repaid that faith by scoring a 27-yard free-kick as Madrid eventually won the game 2-1. Towards the end of the season, Beckham was starting to edge his way back in to Capello’s good books after fighting his way back into the first team. His final season at Real Madrid ended up with him winning the La Liga title.

Written by OneFutbol