It was all about high numbers and switch of places at the top of the footballers’ social media standings for July 2013. The highlight of the month, undoubtedly, was Beckham collecting over two million followers on a single network in a period of only 31 days. Read on for more statistical data for each of July’s Top 3 players.
Becks still has it
1. David Beckham
The former Los Angeles Galaxy superstar might have retired after a stunning accomplishment with PSG last season; but his permanent inactivity on the pitch now does not mean that he is out of the spotlight. On the contrary, he is still garnering as much interest as ever.
The social media data compiled by our friends over at Starcount for the top ten footballers in June 2013 revealed that the Premier League still has some walls to scale when it comes to player popularity.
La Liga vastly garnered the most attention, with its superstars Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Kaka underlining the weight of Real Madrid and Barcelona’s online fan base, along with icons Andres Iniesta, Mesut Ozil and David Villa.
But Brazil’s leading star Neymar, who had one of the most followed transfer sagas until he officially signed for the Spanish champions late last month, happened to be the one to rack up the most fans on Facebook in June – scooping 2.5 million ‘likes’.
When it comes to football stars, there might be very few bigger than David Beckham. He may be no Zidane or Figo or Ronaldo, but world football will sorely miss the presence of a player who did so much for the game both on and off the field.
Many people still wonder what is that makes Beckham so special even though he has not really managed to win as many individual accolades as legends of yesteryears did during their playing careers. However, his passion and his commitment to the game were second to none and it has been the diminutive moments which truly define him.
1. Making an impression
The first time people saw that Beckham who would go on to become a true football phenomena was when he made his Champions League bow for Manchester United against Turkish giants, Galtasaray. The Red Devils thrashed the Turks 4-0. Although the score-line was not enough to secure progression, Becks got on the scoresheet and gave a fine account of his skills.
Miami Beach, Florida (May 18, 2013) – Two matches highlight beIN Sports’ incredible live soccer coverage this Sunday. Before that, though, beIN Sports followers will be able to witness all the emotion surrounding David Beckham’s very final game as a footballer. LiveSoccerTV.com (@LiveSoccerTV) reminds you not to miss PSG vs Brest, Siena vs Milan, FC Barcelona vs Real Valladolid or any of beIN Sports live telecasts this weekend.
In Italy, Milan’s battle away to relegated Siena will capture wide attention as the Rossoneri aim to secure the third and final UEFA Champions League spot in the Serie A. Last weekend, Milan played out a goalless draw away to Roma in an encounter that was marred by boos – identified as racist chants – from the crowd.
PSG may have had a controversial first goal against Barcelona in the first leg, but at this point, all that matters is the 2-2 draw the Parisians will take with them to the Nou Camp on Wednesday night. A draw will do them no good, so needing to score will put some pressure on their players, but going up against an injury plagued Barcelona will give Ancelotti's men a glimmer of hope.
Unfortunately for Tito Vilanova, this big match will not have the presence of Javier Mascherano and Carles Puyol, who are both out due to injury. One other questionable player is Messi, who has been out with a thigh injury. His status for tomorrow's match is still unknown, although many believe he will be available.
Rumors were coming out of no where, with fans searching aimlessly to see if what they were reading was actually true. From the world of Twitter, Facebook and the internet in general, we may all have seen some of the most absurd rumors.
Well, now that the dust has settled and everyone has put their checkbooks away, we can now take a look at five transfers that were impressive in their own way.
Winners: David Beckham and PSG
The aging legs of David Beckham still have much to offer. After training with Arsenal, the veteran midfielder signed for PSG on Thursday. He is still one of the best when it comes to set-pieces and it would be really interesting to see how he fares for his new club.
“I'm lucky to have achieved what I've achieved and earned what I have earned,” he told the press concerning his top deal.
“One of the reasons to come here is that with Nasser [Al Khelaifi, PSG president] and [sporting director] Leonardo, we've decided on something quite unique.”
In the last part of our ‘2012 in review’ series, we touch on five major things that happened during the last two months of the previous year. Coincidentally, just as it commenced, our ‘2012 in review’ series end with one man – Lionel Messi.
1. Juventus’ 49 match unbeaten record ends
November 3, 2012 – Juventus marvelled crowds as they took the Serie A title away from Milan. Remarkably, they won the Scudetto without losing a single game.
Toronto, ON (November 29, 2012) – TSN has live coverage of David Beckham’s final game with the LA Galaxy as the team squares off against the Houston Dynamo in the MLS CUP 2012on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 4:30 p.m. ET. The highly anticipatedMLS CUP 2012 is a rematch of last year’s championship, which saw Beckham win his first league title in front of a home crowd as the Galaxy defeated the Dynamo 1-0.
In honour of Beckham’s final game with the Galaxy, all editions of today’s SPORTSCENTRE will feature the “Top 10 David Beckham Moments” in MLS.
MLS ON TSN’s Luke Wileman and Jason deVos are on site at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California to file reports for SPORTSCENTRE and TSN.ca leading up to and following the MLS CUP 2012.
BECKHAM’S MLS FINALE ON ESPN
ESPN will air an exclusive interview with the former Manchester United and Real Madrid star himself – as he prepares to depart the MLS five years after joining the US’ top football league. On Saturday, ESPN will air a live one-hour special edition of ESPNFC Press Pass, its global football debate and discussion show, entitled, Beckham’s Goodbye To Hollywood. On Sunday morning, ESPN will have live and exclusive coverage of the MLS Cup Final – between Beckham’s Los Angeles Galaxy and the Houston Dynamo – as Beckham tries to help Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane and the rest of his Galaxy teammates to a second straight title.
ESPN’s 17th season of televising Major League Soccer action will conclude with the live presentation of MLS Cup 2012 featuring three of the league’s best known stars – David Beckham, Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane – leading the Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Houston Dynamo, led by Brad Davis, on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 4:30 p.m. ET, from The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The match will also be available on WatchESPN.
MLS Cup will be David Beckham’s last competitive match with the Los Angeles Galaxy. The former England National Team captain joined MLS and the Galaxy in July 2007. He will try to go out on top for the third time after leading Manchester United and Real Madrid FC to league titles in his final seasons in England and Spain, respectively. Beckham sat down this week for a one-on-one interview with ESPN’s Julie Foudy that will air on several editions of SportsCenter, beginning Thursday, Nov. 29, at 9 a.m.
This encounter will present the Manchester United number 7 icon with a chance to delight soccer fans in America for the very last time. He left the following comments on the club’s official website:
“I've had an incredibly special time playing for the LA Galaxy. However, I wanted to experience one last challenge before the end of my playing career.
“In my time here I have seen the popularity of the game grow every year. I've been fortunate to win trophies but more important to me has been the fantastic reception I've had from fans in LA and across the States.”
Here are two minutes of video highlights compiling some of David Beckham’s most breath-taking moments with Los Angeles Galaxy in the MLS. The English man will surely be missed by many.
Watch video highlights of David Beckham's MLS career:
Rooney wants to leave Manchester United – The news breaks out
Refusing to take questions from journalists at the uniquely memorable press conference, Fergie only disclosed his personal opinion on Wayne Rooney’s decision to leave the club, and he gave away nothing but “facts” as he also delegated the judgment of the leading board on the matter. He made his points direct, and hence paved unreservedly no way to any misunderstanding between him and those hearing about the news.
"We would like to present the facts because that is important… To present the facts as we understand them,” he said.