The man who drew a line between old and new football, between romanticism and regionalism, industrialism and cosmopolitanism
Lay his heart bare. The four-part documentary series on the football industry’s first rock star: Beckham (Netflix) is worth watching and appreciating. Not only the biography of a talented footballer (whose free kicks were the most wonderful thing that football could offer), of a global icon of sports, fashion and glamor, of the husband of Spice Girl Victoria Adams, of the current owner of “Inter”. Miami. No, something more, a sample story, an essential chapter in the history of modern football. Speaking for himself, Beckham seems almost like a fragile man, suffering from an obsessive-compulsive disorder (his obsession with order and cleanliness seems to have worsened with age), who has never fully recovered from the storm of hatred that descended upon him after his sending off in the England-Argentina match in the 1998 World Cup.
However, he is the man who drew a line between old and new footballBetween the romantic and the regional (who found his second family in Manchester United and his second father in Sir Alex Ferguson) and the industrial and cosmopolitan. After him, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar Jr., Leo Messi and Mbappe will arrive to strengthen the ranks of football stars. David Baskam began his football career at the hands of his father, who coached him almost madly from an early age: he is talented, and soon becomes the protagonist, handsome and charming. Everyone falls in love with him. England Tony Blair, the Spice Girls, Oasis, renewed British pride, and London is rocking again!. After a life spent with the Red Devils, David signed for Florentino Pérez’s Real Madrid. The turning point, not in footballing terms (Beckham is playing a role that is not his and struggling to stay in it) but in revenue terms: the great footballer becomes a business, to be treated as such. Beckham has an uneasy look as he talks about his life, neither sad nor happy: he has opened a new era in football, but sometimes he gives the impression that he regrets it.
October 20, 2023 (changed October 20, 2023 | 3:00 p.m.)
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