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Becks: City Can’t Buy History… Or Me

A contract worth £500,000 was enough to tempt David Beckham away from the success at Real Madrid to the nothingness at LA Galaxy in the USA, but he reckons no amount of money could lure him to Manchester City.

“I would never sign for Manchester City,” said Beckham. “That’s mainly because I am a Man United fan. It doesn’t matter about money. It is always about loyalty with Manchester United. They are the team I supported and the team that I played for for years and I just couldn’t bring myself to sign for City. I couldn’t do it. City will never be bigger than United. Money does a lot for a club and a team, but being successful and being one of the most recognised clubs in the world doesn’t come from the money. It’s about history. There aren’t many clubs that can boast the history of Manchester United, Real Madrid, Barcelona or AC Milan. It’s not about having all the money in the world. All that does is creates attention but you can’t buy the history of a club.”

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  1. aig alex is god says:

    well said. cant disagree with that.

    Hope this does not turn into a beckham is a legend or not debate as it happens every time when beckham’s name comes up.

  2. Stephen says:

    That is a first, Beckham not taking the money!

  3. Rooney22United says:

    Is it true that the Glazers are asking United players to dig in their pockets and invest in the bonds ???…. bemusing…
    and concerning Milan… how the fuk did they manage to become so good? right bfore playing Manchester United in the champions league.. Ronaldinho is miraculously revived.. i sense big trouble…..

  4. foo says:


  5. Andy says:

    1) We have plenty of history… it’s just that it’s all ancient history (as in, not in my lifetime!!) :)

    2) Why the f*ck would we want to buy David Beckham

    3) He is only saying this to try to ensure he gets a good reception when he goes to OT in the Chmpions League

    Beckham is a blatant PR cock

    Hope it’s a good game tonight

  6. Jockeswe says:

    Had a terrible nightmare last night. Dreamed that city beat us by 5-1 tonight and tevez scored a hat trick. It won’t happen, though. We’ll beat them 2-0

  7. aig alex is god says:

    Sky Sports news understands Mathieu Flamini is going to join city on a loan deal until the end of the season and i thought they were intrested in ‘big Players’.

  8. Stephen says:

    Flamini is a good player, do they have the least creative midfield in Europe now, Veira, De Jong, Barry and pos Flamini makes ours look like Barca’s!

  9. aig alex is god says:


    Form is temporary, class is permanent. Nesta, Pato,Ronaldinho,seedorf are all class players. Just took them time to adapt without Kaka. They have done sucessfully now and are doing well.Ronaldinho was always going to come good at some stage. Now that there is no Kaka he is under more pressure and is thriving.

    On currrent form Milan are favourites and rightly so but i am hopeful as the 2nd leg is at OT.

  10. aig alex is god says:


    exactly. when you have vieira,de jong,kompany as holding midfielders,why on earth do you need another one?

  11. Stephen says:

    AIG, with Lescott and Toure back there you probably needs as many as you can get..

  12. Bangladeshi Red says:

    This is how it feels to be city
    This is how it feels to be small
    This is how it feels when your team wins nothing at All

  13. niklas89 says:

    He may be useful but I dont think he is the big name City still seem to be struggling to acquire.

  14. Stephen says:

    He is a good player, but yet another holding midfield player if i were a City and fan and pray to my personal God that I am not I would want a defender.

  15. niklas89 says:

    I would want 3 or 4 defenders lol.

  16. Mark says:

    I was going to suggest that, maybe with all his wealth, Beckham should buy United from the Glazers.

    Unfortunately “according to the annual Football Rich List produced by FourFourTwo magazine David Beckham retains his position at the top with an estimated £125 million”. This would obviously not be any way near enough to prize the Glazers dirty little fingers off our club.

    He (kind of) has the right pedigree – a life long united fan, with lots of money – but not the massive amount cash needed. Is there anyone else (in a financial position for it to be a possibility) that United fans would consider a suitable custodian for the club. Theoretically.

    Maybe a group of people. Beckham, Done, ???

  17. liquidpick says:

    aig alex is god & Stephen, I think the problem is you believe everything you read. Maybe that’s why you all thought the Glazers would be good for your club.

    I suppose the bonus for CIty is that you’re not interested in the Mickey Mouse league cup so you’ll be putting out a weakened side as City are no challenge to united.

    It’s great being a small club! No Pressure…

  18. Ishaq says:

    Beckham is a fruit who couldnt respect SIr Alex.

  19. Stephen says:

    Liquidpickwe feel no pressure at all mate don’t worry about that and thanks for the concern but we will be fine.

  20. King Eric says:

    Fucking bang on Becks lad, although money hasn’t stopped you before son. They will never reach the heights of United, NEVER. As I ranted on another topic last night I am fucking sick of all the papers making out that we are under dogs and the “balance of power is shifting”. They have a long way to go yet and a win for us would ensure the banner on the Stretford remains. Fergie and our lads know exactly how to win these two legged affairs. Fergie shits them for breakfast. COME ON YOU REDS.

  21. King Eric says:

    Fuck me Mancini really is attracting World Class players. Viera now reject Flamini. Are they buying all Arsenal’s cast offs? Laughable. Leslie would have done a better job than the “suave” Richard Madeley.

  22. Stephen says:

    King Eric, A Ferrari is still a Farrari no matter what, a Fiat Panda will always be what it is no matter how suped and extras it has on it.

  23. Red Devil says:

    @ liquidpick

    “lets not joke around……what will Maicon do at city”
    I just cant stop laughing at that quote….

    Dont worry yourself over our situation mate….there’s enough of us to do that, you better worry about attracting better players to your “small” club mate….
    Flamini, Viera??? that’s the best you can do?

  24. Red Devil says:

    @ liquidpick

    and one more thing mate…… 33 years FUCK ALL!!

  25. Westiswestwestwest says:

    Typical red is Beckham… He’s from London! Hahaha

  26. willierednut says:

    Well said becks. LUHG

  27. Costas says:

    Well said Becks. Today won’t be as easy as the tabloids or City think. Play Fletch and a 4-5-1 formation and they will struggle to get hold of the ball.

  28. willierednut says:


    Just because someone is leading a race, doesn’t mean they are winning the race. LUHG

  29. Stephen says:

    Westiswestwestwest, You have so many Mancs in your side don’t you mate, muppet.

  30. Big Bad Wesley Brown says:

    Seeing that picture of Becks with Teddy reminds me, ever notice how after a goal Becks always climbs on the scorer’s shoulders to steal a bit of their spotlight?

  31. King Eric says:

    Big Bad Wesley Brown – Yeah I did used to notice that. Much like Ronaldo who always looked for the camera to pout and gesticulate. He ALWAYS knew when it was on him.

    Costas – Hi mate. Exactly. The press and the berties seem to think a result is nailed on. As I said before Fergie usually knows how to play these 2 legged affairs.

  32. Costas says:

    @King Eric

    Hi mate. Actually I think that’s how Becks celebrates. Rio always goes to the scorer or climbs on their backs. It must be a London thing. ;)

  33. NAD says:

    Love Becks

  34. gundu says:

    “There aren’t many clubs that can boast the history of Manchester United, Real Madrid, Barcelona or AC Milan. It’s not about having all the money in the world. All that does is creates attention but you can’t buy the history of a club.”

    Is that why he went to LA?

  35. Costas says:


    Those comments have nothing to do with his choices as a footballer. He went to LA for the money as well as his wife’s obsession with making it in the US. But he still makes a good point here.

  36. bchilds says:

    Well said but they would never want him, Beckham is washed up.


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