How worried should David Beckham be about Inter Miami?
Former Manchester United and Real Madrid football star David Beckham has a pretty sweet life.
He is married to a beautiful pop star wife, drives the best cars, wears the most expensive clothes and lives in some stunning properties.
He also has more than enough money in the bank to see him live out the rest of his days in comfort and luxury.
But the superstar English soccer ace could be about to face his biggest challenge – turning around the fortunes of his new MLS franchise Inter Miami CF.
Beckham was given the chance to buy a debut team for $25million as part of his deal to sign for the LA Galaxy back in 2007.
It took a long time for that dream to become a reality. But with five losses from their five games so far that dream is threatening to quickly become a nightmare.
The fact sport is being played at all following the height of the global coronavirus pandemic is great news for fans.
For those in the Garden State – who are legally allowed to bet on sports taking place across the globe – that means visiting the best betting sites in New Jersey to ensure they’ve got the latest odds and best chances to win big.
New Jersey fans like betting on soccer, with the New York Red Bulls giving them plenty of local interest.
But anyone looking to put some cash down right now might be tempted to wager that Beckham and Inter Miami are in for one hell of a bumpy ride as they try to establish themselves as a serious team in the MLS.
It’s true they have been a little unlucky, facing Los Angeles FC and New York City – two teams backed to be competing for the top honours towards the end of the season.
They have also lost all five of their five matches so far by just a single goal – narrow 1-0 defeats to the afore-mentioned teams plus 2-1 losses to DC United, Orlando City and Philadelphia Union.
Inter Miami have also suffered three red cards during this spell. Increasing the on-field discipline will go a long way to seeing them compete for victories and points.
But due to the circus that surrounds everything Beckham touches – clothes, whisky or sunglasses – expectations are unlikely to wane for the team from Fort Lauderdale.
And with media reports that they are interested in bringing international superstars such as Barcelona’s Luis Suarez and Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez on board to bolster their firepower, nor should it.
Beckham’s playing career saw him lift 17 trophies, including the European Champions League, six English Premier League titles and the oldest national knockout competition in the world, the FA Cup, twice.
Many of these came under the expert, but often confrontational, guidance of the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.
‘Fergie’ even once kicked a soccer boot in frustration that caught Beckham on the eyebrow – leading to sensationalist headlines in the British press.
He’s not the coach at Inter Miami, that honour belongs to Uruguayan Diego Alonso who has previously led Penarol in his homeland and FC Monterrey in Mexico.
But chairman Beckham could do with some of that old fighting spirit to lift a team that is, albeit in the early days of the franchise, going precisely nowhere and fast.