Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Why Zidane isn't Coming
ESPN Soccernet, February 26th, 2007 3:59PM

MOST READ


You can't blame anybody with a vested interest in the soccer business for allowing themselves to believe that former France and Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane might actually come out of retirement to play in MLS alongside David Beckham next season. It wasn't too long ago that we didn't believe Becks would ever arrive, either.

Well, you can stop crossing your fingers, writes Ives Galarcep for ESPN Soccernet, because it isn't going to happen. Zidane, on tour in Thailand, has repeatedly played down rumors linking him to MLS, insisting he's quite happily retired. Skeptics now are wondering where Beckham's reinforcements are. If Zidane came over, the media splash could be even bigger than Beckham, Galarcep says. Hollywood might not care, but everyone in soccer would: even at 34, Zidane proved at last year's World Cup that on-form, he's still one of, if not the, best players in the world.

But that's neither here nor there, because he's not coming. Why? No one can afford him for starters, and the likes of Philip Anschutz won't be eager to make another big gamble before seeing whether the first one pays off. We may never know if the talks really got anywhere at all, but sources of the Washington Post say the Zidane camp wouldn't listen to anything less than $15 million a season. Incentives aside, Beckham's not even making that much, but he's a long-term investment whereas Zidane couldn't have more than a year two left in him, tops. Read the original story...


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Guardiola: I Would Leave Bayern if Asked    
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola said he would be happy to leave the German giant after ...
Hazard a 'Major Doubt' for UCL Semi    
Chelsea on Friday confirmed that playmaker Eden Hazard is "major doubt" for Tuesday's UEFA Champions League ...
Neymar to Miss at Least Four Weeks     
Barcelona starlet Neymar looks set to miss the rest of the season after suffering an injury ...
Klinsmann on Altidore's Situation    
In the latest edition of Road to the Roster, U.S. men's national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann ...
Liverpool Players Lead PFA Awards Lists     
Liverpool trio Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Steven Gerrard were nominated for the Professional Footballers' Association's ...
Cruyff: Barca Needs to Restore Laporta, Guardiola     
Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff thinks the best way to turn the Catalan giant's fortunes around is ...
Ronaldo Could Miss First Game vs. Bayern     
Cristiano Ronaldo watched from the stands as Real Madrid beat Barcelona 2-1 in the Copa del ...
Report: Moyes Must Qualify for Europa League    
Manchester United coach David Moyes is understood to be under pressure from the Glazer family, the ...
Bayern Eases into German Cup Final     
Bayern Munich on Wednesday remained on course for a record 17th German Cup by crushing second ...
Pellegrini: 'Mentally Tired' City Not Out of Title Race    
Manuel Pellegrini admitted that Manchester City is mentally tired after his team could only manage a ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives