Bend this, TomKat and Brangelina: Becks 'n' Posh are coming to Hollywood.
David Beckham, the most recognized soccer player on the planet fashion icon, tabloid fixture, marketing giant announced a deal on Thursday to play for the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer.
"David Beckham is a global sports icon who will transcend the sport of soccer in America," gushed MLS commissioner Don Garber.
Bringing free kicks, glitz and his Spice Girl wife, Beckham is leading another British invasion, hoping to do for American soccer what the Beatles once did for pop music make it rock.
"There are so many great sports in America," the 31-year-old former England captain said. "There are so many kids that play baseball, American football, basketball. But soccer is huge all around the world apart from America, so that's where I want to make a difference with the kids."
Beckham turned down a two-year contract extension from Real Madrid, where his fading skills have left him on the bench for most of this season.
The Galaxy didn't say exactly what they'll pay him, but floated a figure of $250 million (Ђ193 million) in salary and commercial endorsements over the five years of his contract. In other words, his move could be worth $1 million (Ђ770,000) a week.
The MLS season opens in April but Beckham is not expected to join the team until August. His four-year contract with Madrid expires at the end of this season, reports AP.
He'll start for the Galaxy and could enter a whole new universe: His deal was negotiated over 10 days by major entertainment industry players Simon Fuller, creator of "American Idol," and Creative Artists Agency, home to some of Hollywood's biggest actors.
Fuller manages both Beckham and his pop star wife, Victoria whose pal Katie Holmes (and her husband Tom Cruise) are represented by CAA.
Victoria Beckham hasn't hidden her desire to launch a Hollywood career.
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