Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Beckham’s Career in Doubt, but Celebrity Endures

For David Beckham, the World Cup is over before it begins. But in his other career, as a global celebrity, an icon beyond sports, the Beckham bandwagon will roll on.

Even as Beckham had surgery Monday on his torn Achilles’ tendon, his agents were working to ensure that he retains a Page 1 presence. Already by far the richest player in his game, he will take wing, on crutches if need be, to present England’s case for staging the 2018 World Cup.

It is one of the myriad roles that — along with juggling his careers on either side of the Atlantic with the Los Angeles Galaxy and A.C. Milan — might have contributed to the injury he sustained Sunday night in Italy. Medical specialists agree that air miles can take a toll on an athlete, especially one who plays back-to-back seasons on two sides of the ocean and travels the world on his own account to satisfy his sponsors or to promote charitable causes.

Only the surgeon who repaired the torn tendon can best predict the chances of Beckham’s ever playing top-level soccer again. But even before the specialist, Dr. Sakari Orava, could so much as examine the tendon — “totally torn” is how he described it after the surgery at his Finnish clinic — Beckham’s advisers were setting targets for him to play again, for the Galaxy, before the summer is over.

To read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/16/sports/soccer/16iht-soccer.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=a23

Source photo: http://collegecandy.com/tag/soccer/

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