TALKING FOOTBALL - with Paul Kendrick

David Beckham
David Beckham
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SO David Beckham is to leave the LA Galaxy.

And at the age of 37, after five years in LA, he is keen to play on to “take on another challenge”.

Say what you like about Beckham, and most people have over the years.

He has more money than he’ll ever know what to do with, and yet his love for the game prevents him from calling it quits just yet.

And I still think he could do a job for most clubs in the Premier League.

A STARTLING stat in the aftermath of Roberto di Matteo’s sacking yesterday ... Chelsea have spent £86million since 2004 in compensation for managers. Which is more than Everton’s entire net spend since the Premier League began back in 1992.

I’VE had a week to digest “the greatest goal ever scored”, and I have a confession to make ... I still don’t think Zlatan Ibrahimovic is all that.

Sure, his fourth goal against England was brilliant, but it was in a friendly, against a patched-up side, and after a huge blooper by Joe Hart.

How you can compare that with Diego Maradona’s goal against England in 1986, Zinedine Zidane’s volley at Hampden in 2002 or Carlos Alberto’s famous strike in 1970, I don’t know.

All great goals. All in big games.

And until Ibra, who I’ve seen consistently flatter to deceive against English opposition for the best part of a decade, does it regularly on the biggest stage of all – in a meaningful match – he’ll never be up there with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as far as I’m concerned.

IT was great to see the entire Wigan Athletic squad warming up for the Liverpool game wearing their Joseph’s Goal wristbands, as they will be doing again on Saturday.

For those who aren’t aware, Joseph’s Goal was set up to raise awareness and funds to fight Non-Ketotic Hyperglycinemia (NKH), the life-limiting disorder my little boy has.

Wristbands are available from Observer Towers at Martland Mill, the Latics club shop and from sellers outside the ground, costing just £1.

A perfect stocking-filler.

For more details follow @josephsgoal on twitter, or visit the Joseph’s Goal website.