Whether David Beckham emulates Sir Bobby Charlton and plays a fourth World Cup isn't entirely dependent on him. But given that he is sacrificing a significant amount of money to stay in England coach Fabio Capello's line of vision means that Beckham can't be faulted for not trying.
According to Adriano Galliani, AC Milan chairman, Beckham is paying a large amount of money out of his own pocket to remain with Milan. A Guardian report put the amount to approximately $2.7 million and said Beckham would also sacrifice a huge amount of commercial earnings due to him if he had stayed in the USA.
"A lot of players show their affection just with words. David Beckham is one of the very few who has shown it with deeds," Galliani said on Sunday after Beckham extended his loan deal from the Los Angeles Galaxy through the end of the Serie A season.
"I won't cite any numbers, but I can say that the player will stay with us until June. He has made an incredible economic commitment, giving up a mountain of money from his own pocket," Galliani was quoted as saying on an Italian television channel.
Beckham and the Los Angeles Galaxy announced late on Saturday that the club had struck a "multimillion dollar deal" to enable the former England captain to remain with Milan through June 30.
"I've been able to help myself stay in Milan. It's never ever been about the money for me. It's always been about the football and my passion for football."
Beckham performed well in the playmaker's position during Milan's 3-0 win over Atalanta on Sunday. Filippo Inzaghi scored a hattrick. "He was involved in the action and handled himself very well," Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti said of Beckham's performance.
The Galaxy had sought $ 10 million for the outright purchase of Beckham, but Milan officials had offered $ 3 million. The two sides were negotiating for weeks and agreed on the loan extension hours before it was due to expire after the Milan-Atalanta game.
After the MLS season ends in November, Beckham would return to Milan, either in another loan deal or a full transfer. "Once I finish the season here I'll have a four-week break then I'll go back to LA and play for the Galaxy for the rest of the season, which will be good, it's something I am committed to, and after that we'll see," Beckham said.
If that happens though, he will play only around six games for in the USA but that is okay, Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said, because hiring Beckham is an important part of their League's business plans of moving forward.