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Beckham's price

January 15, 2007

Re "A pair of stars, an L.A. sky, a happy Galaxy," Jan. 12

The L.A. team that is paying David Beckham $50 million a year for five years must have more money than sense. Here is a footballer who is 31 years old and on a terminal decline in his career -- to him it must be the best pension plan in the world. I am sure his teammates will feel underpaid by comparison.

Football [soccer] will never be the No. 1 game in the U.S.

Pele, Franz Beckenbauer (who were better than Beckham) and the 1994 World Cup still didn't make it big, so what chance has a superannuated footballer?

ROBERT PALLISTER

Punchbowl, Australia

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