In the end, it was a gutsy substitution by Coach Fabio Capello-who may yet be fired (he should probably resign)-that inspired yet
another Real comeback for the final time this season. As Caulkin says, it was another Premiership has-been, Jose Reyes, who rose to the occasion in place of Becks to deliver the trophy to where we
always knew it would end up, per the inescapable storyline. To be fair, Beckham could not have done more: obviously still carrying the ankle injury suffered for England against Estonia, Becks was
never going to have one of his more effective games, and Capello was proved right in withdrawing him.
Even so, for a player once discounted by the Real faithful as being a shameless marketing ploy-"a 24-carat success," where "silverware [was] superseded by trinkets,"-Becks now walks away from Real a tried, tested and accepted galactico, having penned a script worthy of his Hollywood friends.