Originally Posted by NickC
Becks is popular because the females think he's got the good looks.
It's also worth noting that when England play the long-ball-hoof-it-forward game, he's the best there is at providing that said long ball. His aerial passing and freekicks are still second to none. England spent ages perfecting the long ball tactic, and Beckham is to show for it. He's the epitome of what England have been doing internationally for the past 30 years.
I do admire his professionalism, though. Whenever he plays for England, you can tell he's not only giving it his all, but that he actually wants to be there. I can't say that for practically anyone else who's suited up for England since I've started watching football. (see Ferdinand, Rio)
With that being said, he wasn't signed JUST to sell shirts, he could actually be X factor when they play away to Barcelona....think about it, he'll sit really deep, help defend as best he can, and when there's an opportunity to hit Barcelona on the break (because if you're not Real Madrid, chances are you don't have the talent to take the game to them), he's got the accuracy to drop a 60 yard pass to Zlatan who will do the rest of the work. Yeah it's not pretty but if it gets the job done then it gets the job done.
Agree (though quite how effective he is now, hmm, not sure - but he was indeed good in that first 20-30 mins the other night.)
Great player when young (though certainly not better than Scholes, Giggs, etc, in their heyday.) He became very annoying as the hype and 'brand Beckham' took over. But I like his work values and attitude. He held his own at Real. Gave it his all and saw it out in the US. And that he's tried to compete in Serie A and now in France should be applauded.
I also think he's a genuinely decent bloke. I know for a fact he sets aside a lot of time for charity and community work and have had first-hand confirmation of this with people I know connected with the Arsenal In The Community programme. He his held in high regard there.