Pele's words of wisdom for Beckham

Come Friday and David Beckham will officially become a Galaxy Man.

updated: July 14, 2007 13:55 IST
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New Delhi:

Come Friday and David Beckham will officially become a Galaxy Man.

But if moving to the United States, the fuss over his celebrity status and the expectations from him on the field are bewildering him somewhat, then he should listen to the advise of one man who's been in the same situation, Pele!

The latest sports star to ring the bell at Nasdaq was legendary Brazilian footballer Pele, who also kicked off a literacy programme in New York on Wednesday.

The rise and fall of the markets took a back seat as the King of football chose to speak instead on LA's newest resident - David Beckham.

"But, I advise him. Inside of the field it's very different to play because the teams here is very good, they mark very well. Be prepared, be in good condition, because it's not easy to play in the United States. The football is now at a high level," said Pele.

Pele should know. He used to play for the New York Cosmos in the 1970s. It's a different football scenario that Beckham steps into now. His move to LA Galaxy is fetching him a huge $250 million over five years and has generated much more public and media interest than in Pele's times.

"Everybody knows that David Beckham is a good player, he's very well known, all over the world, and I think he could help a lot, the soccer, the football, in the United States.

"But in my time it was a little bit different. It was a bit more complicated because I came here in the beginning, you know, the football was amateur, was college," he said.

It might not be a cakewalk on the field for Beckham, but he'll certainly be used to the flash-bulbs. America loves celebrities and in the Beckham's they'll be getting two!

"I think he's one of the players recently in the last 10 years, who most promotes himself and football. Since he left England to Real Madrid, always like this.

"His wife was entertainment, she was a singer, this I think makes David Beckham become the showman," he quipped.