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What does Beckham's injury mean to the World Cup?

March 15th, 2010
01:45 PM ET

David Beckham's prospects of crowning his stellar professional football career with one final World Cup appearance this year appeared to be in tatters Monday after he suffered a suspected Achilles tendon injury.

What does Beckham's injury mean?
What does Beckham's injury mean?

Beckham, whose global popularity - particularly with American fans - would have been a huge spectator draw for the 2010 Cup in South Africa, was forced to hobble from the pitch while playing a league game for his Italian team AC Milan.

Fabio Capello, the manager of the England team, said tests were under way to determine the seriousness of the injury, but Beckham's prospects looked grim.

In a message posted his own Web site, Beckham - photographed Monday walking with the aid of a crutch - said he was on his way to Finland to see a specialist and was optimistic of a rapid return to the pitch.

"I am upset but want to thank everyone for their messages of support," he said. "I hope to make a swift and full recovery."

Beckham's inclusion in the line up for South Africa, albeit less crucial than younger stars such as Wayne Rooney, would have made him the country's first ever player to compete in four World Cups.

Beckham was expected to be a huge draw card for fans and sponsors at the World Cup and many were hedging on his involvement to bring in money.

Now that Beckham looks like he'll be out of this year's tournament, we want to know what you think.

How do you think Beckham's injury will impact this year's World Cup? Will his impact be felt more as a personality or as a player?

And please let us know from where you are writing.


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soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. nelson

    WHO CARES!

    March 15, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Reply
  2. Elizabeth Browne

    Who cares! Its time for him to retire and do other things.

    March 15, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Reply
  3. mormon

    David Beckham missing out on the world cup does not mean anything. Seriously the only reason that CNN, BBC, FOX etc etc focus on Becks is because of the blatant anglo bias. England has not been further than the quarters in Becks career, you know why, because they are garbage. Compare them with France who had Zidane or Brazil with Ronaldo before he found cheeseburgers, and why is it that we even care about him.

    Players more interesting than Beckham during his career.

    Ronaldo, Zidane, Henry, Roberto Carlos, Ronaldhino, Haji, Barthez,

    March 15, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Reply
  4. Hollywood

    It does not matter one bit, Beckam is not that important in the world soccer scene, sure he can score a free kick here and there but his best days are behind him. This might actually be better for the English team that can give his slot to a young up and coming talent.. Beckham? Who is that? and who cares!!!

    March 15, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Reply
  5. Chaz

    Beckham is who comes to mind when I think of an athlete who's celebrity most exceeds his value to his team / sport. Any impact will only be felt in the UK and California.

    March 15, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Reply
  6. boby

    the world cup will miss beckam he is an icon

    March 15, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Reply
  7. Zachary Silverstein

    Beckham's injury is quite sad to see on so many levels. The man has done so much to bring the beautiful game to America (yes he got a fat paycheck but still) and he has been a great role model for today's youth (the competition these days makes him look like an even better role model.... Bill Clinton, Kobe Bryant, Ben R. haha). To see someone who has worked so hard to achieve something and have it snatched away like this is very difficult. He might not be the most physical player, he is certainly far from the most talented, but the man brings a level of composure and thought to the game that few in English history have. The list the previous poster made was full of great players; probably better players than Beckham. But what Ronaldo, Zidane, Henry, Roberto Carlos, Ronaldhino, Haji, Barthez all lack is the ability to carry themselves with dignity, to be an ambassador for the sport for an entire country (arguably 2 continents) and to play with such longevity that it scares the common man.

    March 15, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Reply
  8. guy Harvey

    David is an inspiration and to the haters. I care. David has played in 3 World Cups, scored in every match and would have been inspiration to the England squad even if it were just cheering from the bench.

    For those who think David is just a celebrity. Look at his record. Treble with Manchester. Only a few players in history have achieved this. Many League Championships. Three World Cups, scoring in everyone. Over one hundred appearances for England.

    I totally disagree with @Chaz. Beckham inspires kids all over the world to play and play fair and work hard. He has worked so hard on his career.

    @zachary, thank you, great comments

    March 15, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Reply
  9. Hollywood

    Carry themselves with Dignity? Give me a break Zach.. Are you insane? All the great players listed above carried themselves with dignity and with pride... stop your ridiculous thread.. Beckam is just a marketing icon.. nothing more... he will not be missed... hilarious...

    March 15, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Reply
  10. whozbeckham

    Give Beckham the face of (Italy's footballer) Grosso, and no one would have ever heard of him. He is just a pretty face with a hot chick.

    anyways...this is not going to make a difference...England never did anything relevant in the sport after being champs with a help from the friendly whistle during the 66 World Cup.

    March 15, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Reply
  11. BaffaMustapha

    The his the best at what he does.I personally belived that if England were to succeede in SA2010,he'll be a vital part of it...he can come off the bench and provide that sublime cross above 90min to just when every other star is out touch....it certainly takes away some venom from England,and the BecksPlanet of course. Kano-Nigeria.

    March 15, 2010 at 8:29 pm | Reply
  12. BaffaMustapha

    He is the best at what he does.I personally belived that if England were to succeede in SA2010,he'll be a vital part of it...he can come off the bench and provide that sublime cross above 90min...just when every other star is out touch....it certainly takes away some venom from England,and the BecksPlanet of course. Kano-Nigeria.

    March 15, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Reply
  13. dizbeckhamfanzalwayzhere

    okay...really?!!!
    all u ppl gotta do iz hate on beckham?? wow....i think we're all forgetting who got england in de semi finals....whoz been de part of man U..and haz gotten dem de most league titles??
    okay...i knoe becks iz not as gr8 az he 1ce waz...but cum on!! hez stil real gud compared 2 sum uther playerz!!
    and ppl.....if all u gotta say is bad stuff....den u cud keep all de hatred 2 urself plz..
    U ROULE BECKHAM...AND NUTHN CAN CHANGE DAHT!!!!!!

    March 15, 2010 at 11:53 pm | Reply
  14. Dan Maddalena

    Beckham's ability is nowhere near what it once was. To those who criticize his achievements, you can't possibly be serious. he has captained England, achieved the treble 1999 among other achievements. If you honestly think a pretty face and market-ability is why he has been selected on 3 of the best clubs in the world, then perhaps you can't wait to see Brad Pitt don a DC.United shirt? You should honestly quit your hating of a true competitor, a remarkable athlete, and a great Ambassador of the game. Becks if you read this...I say THANK YOU...you have done so much for the game I love.
    Best regards , and get well soon...... Dan Maddalena Spfld. Ohio

    March 16, 2010 at 12:51 am | Reply
  15. RAOUL

    TOO MUCH CIRCUS FOR A FOOTBALL PLAYER,!!!! IS HE REALLY PART OF PROFESSIONALISM Or IS JUST MARKETING SHOW !! WHEN HE HAS PLAYED REALLY 90 MINUTES AS A GREAT PLAYER ? IS ONLY PART OF THE MEDIA TOO CREATE HOLLYWOOD IDOLS AND MAKE MONEY !! THAT´S ALL !

    March 16, 2010 at 3:54 am | Reply
  16. NBP

    Beckham is the most important player of England for me and I think, their absence of the world cup is a very, very sad thing, and is a huge problem to the England team, because without Beckham they never came to the quarters: He put England in a position to win, but, the team it never accompanied it!!!.

    All of his titles that he bring are not a fantasy: The first england player who play 4 world cup is one of them and that is because their hard work!!!. He is an example of hard work and fitness.

    It would be great that the people in charge, give it to him a tribute for his all career and do not permit he left the world cup field like Zizou in the last world cup (Zizou does not say good bye like a King, because the italian player). Hopefully this will not happen with Beckham.

    March 16, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Reply
  17. NBP

    Hopefully too, you can see this:

    THANK YOU...YOU ARE THE BEST, INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE FIELD...BECAUSE FOR YOU...ALL THE WORLD IS A FIELD OF GAME AND YOU ARE ONE OF THE MOST PLAYERS...YOU ARE STRONG, DECIDED AND AN EXCELLENT PERSON (WITHOUT COUNTING THE EXCELLENT SOCCER PLAYER WHO YOU ARE).

    GET WELL SOON!!!

    BEST REGARDS!!!.

    Nassly, Panamá.

    March 16, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Reply
  18. Aminu Abdullahi A.

    Well!!! The present of beckham in england team at the world cup is insignificant because, all what he does, there are great players like rooney and gerald can do it, so why worry ourselves.

    March 16, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Reply
  19. Aminu Abdullahi A.

    Well!!! The presence of beckham in england team at the world cup is insignificant because, all what he does, there are great players like rooney and gerald can do it, so why worry ourselves.

    March 16, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Reply
  20. Jonathan Cantor

    What does it mean? It means no camera shots of Victoria and that's what we (the guys) all really want to see!

    Seriously, there have been better footballers, but few who have carried themselves with better dignity in view of the media pressure nowadays. If he walked out just once on crutches for just 10 seconds I'd give him a standing ovation.

    Jonathan Cantor, New York, NY

    March 17, 2010 at 2:47 am | Reply
  21. shotshot

    Haterade is definitely the drink of some here but you can't argue with the statistics and history. Beckham is a great player and has been for a long time. It's not his fault people are enamored by him and he is treated like a rock star. If we all looked like him plus had his skills none of us would turn down his life. On the pitch he is poised and powerful, his pinpoint accuracy is always incredible and you just can't argue that, go ahead haters, try and prove me wrong. Reality is reality so deal with it, he's an icon and an ambassador for the most popular sport on earth and if kids look up to him great. Blame the media for making what he does off the pitch more important than what he does on it but don't knock a man obviously devoted to the same game you guys are supposedly devoted to. All that being said I think Beckham missing the world cup won't hurt it much. I think Beckham will be the most upset. Maybe financially due to promotion and marketing a little but not so much. England will be fine without him because he is not such an impact player. They would love to have him but he is no Wayne Rooney. Sad to see his 4th world cup hopes dashed like this and I'm sure LA Galaxy aren't too happy now but thats life.

    March 17, 2010 at 7:06 am | Reply
  22. ocp

    Yeah Gerald, What a player!
    You stupid yankees have no idea about Football.
    Beckham is an England hero on the pitch you have to just be at Wembley and hear the reception he gets when he comes on. The Greece game in 2001 alone makes him a hero for any England fan.
    Best dead ball specialist in world football and still has the best cross in the game. A definite loss to the squad.

    March 17, 2010 at 9:11 am | Reply
  23. MARIO BLANCO

    IN THIS ERA OF FALLEN IDOLS ,TIGER WOODS IS JUST AN EXAMPLE,BECKS IS THE MOST RESPECTED AND PROBABLE RECOGNIZED ATHLETE IN THE PLANET.HIS PRESENSE BRINGS DIGNITY TO THE SPORT.HE IS A LOSS TO ENGLAND SQUAD.I HOPE HE RECOVER WELL.

    March 18, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Reply
  24. Tony-S

    As with just about everything with David Beckham these days, the most important impact is off the pitch rather than on it.

    He is 34, way past his best, and would only have been a fringe player even if fit.

    It is time rather to be talking about players of real significance who will impact the tournament – like Lionel Messi for example.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:43 am | Reply
  25. elton dono

    i think that the presence of Beckham in WC, will be very important especially for the england team players, because he will be a great example for them

    ALBANIA

    March 21, 2010 at 7:28 pm | Reply
  26. ANVAR

    I really care that he will miss the WC. A very great mid-fielder England and Manchester United ever had. Even today he surpasses the likes of Lampard, Gerrard, Walcott etc.

    England and I will miss him very dearly, coz he was the finest in the world.No doubt about it.

    March 22, 2010 at 11:37 am | Reply
  27. jimson

    I reckon that David days are gone and he's not the only player that
    everyone sights perfer, but England can always go without him.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:52 am | Reply
  28. CZ

    Beckham being out of the World Cup means nothing for viewership or tournament popularity. There are tons of other exciting players to watch.

    March 24, 2010 at 1:50 am | Reply
  29. alex williams

    .........well boys and girls all what you said are right, but we always need to see the big names on one of the important events of the year. Guess what.........Beckham is one of them.

    March 24, 2010 at 7:49 am | Reply

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