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Enrique Sobrino will listen to offers to buy David Beckham if he wins the Real Madrid presidential elections at the end of the season.

'I would listen to offers for David Beckham. Beckham has to change,' the Madrid lawyer said.

Sobrino also cast doubt over the futures of Luis Figo and Roberto Carlos. Email with your views.

Enrique Sobrino has got it spot on. Beckham is undoubtedly a great player, but by his sacrifice Real Madrid could actually buy two top notch central defenders to move the team forward.

Zidane, Raul, Ronaldo and Figo have all settled at Real and the departure of Beckham would have the least impact. The money gained can be used to increase the quality of the overall depth of the squad and the Galacticos can then prevent the kind of upset that happened in Monaco.

Brian Green

I think that Sobrino would be crazy to sell Beckham after one season in La Liga. My reasons for this are that he has played well in every game and Madrid usually struggle when he is not there. Beckham has been forced to play a defensive role in the squad because Perez messed up in the transfer market.

I think Beckham will be a better player next season if Madrid buy a defensive midfielder and a defender. Furthermore Sobrino must be really insane because there is no way he can get Ronaldinho from Barcelona, and is using him to get elected like Joan Laporta used Beckham has is ticket into the president's seat.
Mpumelelo Dludla

Beckham made a real mistake when he joined the Spanish club. As is often the case with the big clubs in Spain, internal and external power-plays by the club's controlling authorities cause disruptions for players and managers. This together with Beckham's home life, could result in him being a pawn for the clubs political intrigues.

Real stand to lose out on Beckham's potential departure. Should he return to England, he will be a great asset to any club. Chelsea could certainly benefit by having him and it would probably benefit his home life. Beckham will have an opportunity at Euro 2004 to show all of Europe his abilities and personality, which make him a desirable club acquisition, no matter where he goes.

As for Madrid, they could now be on the verge of slipping into the clubs dark days again.
Susan Handy

Excellent story. I enjoyed the comments by Sobrino, and I totally agree with him.

Beckham is a role player. I am not a fan of his, however in this case I think he is an easy target being used for political reasons only.

I have watched him set up goals for the likes of Ronaldo, Zidane etc.. for a while now. Real's downfall is too much emphasis on high-powered offense and a star-studded lineup and not enough workmen in the back.

They need to spend more money in the backfield so they are not so vulnerable to the counter. Now they are talking about trying to get Ronaldinho. I am a huge fan of his but how much better off they would be with someone like Rio Ferdinand?
Chad Banicki

  • Also, Diego Maradona is in a critical condition in hospital...

    Maradona was a football genius, but as with so many, including George Best, his genius was flawed.

    On the pitch he was beyond reproach, but his off-field antics eventually effected his football and once his ability to play the beautiful game had been removed his fall from grace was imminent.

    I hope that Maradona can come through this latest battle and maybe use the experience to prevent others from going down the same path.
    Carlos Pochettino

    I think everyone who read this news feels Diego Maradona was a phenomenon in football, he is better than any of the current crop. Nobody will questions his ability to control the game and his spirit will always be on the playground.

    I wish he can recover and beat his reported drug addiction.
    Roy Tang

    "The Hand of God" again Diego!

  • Also, FA ban Paul Scholes for three matches....

    It was not a surprise that Scholes got a three-match ban for his handbags with Doriva, even though others have done worse and got away with a lesser punishment.

    Dennis Bergkamp got a one match ban for punching somebody in the face, Ashley Cole escaped unpunished for his tussle with Nicolas Anelka, ditto Lehmann with Kevin Phillips and the worst ban for the diabolical scenes from the Gunners at Old Trafford was a four-match ban.

    Oh wait a minute! Arsenal chief David Dein is a member of the FA. I am not a Manchester United fan, by the way, but I am sick of seeing Arsenal escape their due punishment.
    Robert Jones

    The FA is made up of 'sick' people with only one thing in mind ? punishment. They use TV camera evidence to sentence players and yet they are against it being used during the actual games.

    The much publicised simulation could vanish overnight if they introduced TV cameras to be the third umpire. Sometimes one does not argue with insane people and this would be just one of those cases.

    Oh, by the way, Ferguson was right all along about the FA, but then we also knew that.
    Kelvin Chu

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