The former English player David Beckham returned to the spotlight at the start of the United States Soccer Professional League (MLS), but this time not to see him in action, but to participate in the opening ceremony of a statue which has been placed in his honor.
The monument is the first of what is now known as the square of legends in the Dignity Health Sports Park, the field of the Galaxy of Los Angeles, which is located in Carson (California).
At the event, he was accompanied by his wife Victoria, his parents, MLS Commissioner Don Garber, LA Galaxy president Chris Klein, Bruce Arena, former champion with the team he played on and his fellow adventure player, the Irishman Robbie Keane.
The former Real Madrid player (team he came to join the MLS) insisted that nothing would have been possible (titles he got in 2011 and 2012) without the help of Keane.
“Titles that would not have arrived without you my great friend,” he said to Keane, who jokingly said in his speech that he was happy for the recognition of Beckham and hoped to return in 2020 for his own statue.
“When I came to Los Angeles, they told me that this was the city where dreams came true, today my dream has come true.”
With those heartfelt words, Beckham closed his speech of acceptance of the statue that immortalized him as of this Saturday in the outskirts of the LA Galaxy stadium.
In addition to being recognized with the monument, Beckham will be elevated to what is known as the “Ring of Honor” of LA Galaxy, which is already the Americans Cobi Jones and Doug Hamilton, like the Salvadoran Mauricio Cienfuegos.