. March 27, 2007 SouthAmerica: On Monday, March 26, 2007 The New York Times published an article about soccer â âRonaldinho Becoming The Face of His Sportâ. The article was OK until the writer said a few silly things about international soccer on his article. The article said: âHe shares a distinction with Jordan: Ronaldinho is the first soccer player to be anointed by his sponsor Nike with a signature line, retrolooking 10R gear (wich he helped to design) that includes soccer shoes and apparel. As perhaps the second-most recognizable soccer player in the world (after David Beckham), Ronaldinho joins the ranks of LeBron James, Tiger Woods, and Lance Armstrong as one of the swooshâs global pitchmenâ¦..â The fellow who wrote the article probably works on the PR department of Nike or something like that â but his knowledge of soccer is not that good. This guy is trying to imply to the American readers of The New York Times that David Beckham is the number one and most recognizable soccer player in the world. I wonder which world this guy is talking about since David Beckham has been nothing more than a third-rate soccer player based on international soccer standards â and if he was not British, I doubt that he would have ever qualified to play soccer in the national teams of such countries as Brazil, Italy, Germany or Argentina. He has been such a âMEDIOCREâ soccer player during his career that he would not qualify even as a reserve on these top national teams. I understand that in the land of the blind the fellow with one eye is king â that is why the Los Angeles Galaxy is giving David Beckham such a pathetic deal. Talking about being a âsuckerâ the Los Angeles Galaxy deserve some kind of special trophy because of this deal. David Beckham has signed a five-year contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy soccer team. The former England captain signed for the Los Angeles Galaxy in a deal worth a reported $250 million over five years. I donât blame David Beckham for finding a bunch of fools who are willing to give him such a huge contract â it is obvious for anyone who follows world-class soccer that the Los Angeles Galaxy did not give him that contract because of his soccer skills. I wonder why the Los Angeles Galaxy did not try first to offer a little less money to Brad Pitt instead â and if they were looking for a package deal they still could get the Brangeline act for a few million dollars less than they are giving to David Beckham and his wife. Brad Pitt probably could bring the same audience that the Los Angeles Galaxy is trying to reach by bringing David Beckham to do wherever he does in England. (which it does not include playing world-class soccer.) But for the real international soccer fans it is an insult to even include the name of David Beckham in the same list of world-class soccer players such as Ronaldinho, Kaka, Ronaldo, Zidane, Romario, Lionel Messy (the new Maradona) and many other great soccer players. .