Retired soccer star, David Beckham, is being tempted to return to professional soccer in the upcoming year. Bolivia’s reigning champion, Bolivar, is rumored to be looking for the British star’s signing ahead of the Copa Libertadores 2014. Although seeing Beckham on a professional pitch once again seems like a distant possibility, this idea could turn into reality considering Beckham’s relationship with Bolivar.
The former Manchester United, Real Madrid, LA Galaxy, and PSG player retired almost 6 months ago in what was a successful, and entertaining career. His abilities were considerably diminished for the 38 year in the last couple of seasons, as he was evidently much slower on the field. Nonetheless, at least until his retirement, he still possessed his exquisite set pieces abilities, and most importantly, a name which is a top soccer brand of its own.
Bolivar is a team which many fans, especially in Europe, have never heard of. Popularly known as the ‘Rey de Copas‘, the Bolivian side is one of the most popular in the nation, as well as the one with the most titles. Moreover, the team’s owner, Marcelo Claure, has close ties to the English star.
Claure has been involved deeply in the financing and project of a Florida-based MLS team which Beckham is leading. That relationship has lead Claure to want Beckham to represent Bolivar’s jersey ahead of the Copa Libertadores 2014 where they will face Flamengo, Emelec, and Leon.
While it is doubtful that Beckham will return from retirement, playing for a small league in the Copa Libertadores would incredibly raise the awareness of Bolivia’s and especially South American soccer.