David Beckham and the Los Angeles Galaxy have a weird relationship don't they?
The Galaxy are like a girlfriend that knows she's being cheated on, has heard about it from others and even seen it with her own eyes, but still thinks she can change her boyfriend, who in this case is David Beckham.
Becks rejoined the LA club this week after a six-month loan to Italian club AC Milan, a loan the Galaxy were paid $10-million to extend, and guess what? He's already talking about where he's going to go once the MLS season is over in November!
The reasoning for all of this moving about is that England's most-capped player really wants to play for his country in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa - and to be considered, he'll likely have to be playing top flight soccer in Europe, rather than the USA.
The whole thing has made Beckham a little unpopular with some of his teammates , but you can't please everybody!
Here's a timeline of the LA Galaxy's raw deal:
In 2007, Beckham signed a five-year, $250-million deal with the MLS. In his first season, he appeared in a total of five games and missed six weeks with a knee injury.
In 2008, he played in all but five Galaxy games, scoring five goals. In October, Beckham left for AC Milan on a three-month loan.
In 2009, the *MLS was paid a reported $10-million to make that loan with AC Milan a six-month term - a deal described as a "timeshare."
Since signing the huge deal with the MLS, Beckham has played in just 30 of a possible 77 games. Talk about bang for your buck!
Oh, and incase you're wondering:
The former Manchester United star has done an about face, saying he would now consider a move back to the English Premier League with someone other than the Red Devils (possibly Chelsea). There's also the possibility that he could wind up back in Italy.
*In the MLS, players sign contracts with the league, rather than with individual teams.