David Beckham is facing resentment from some Los Angeles Galaxy players over his vast new pay deal but his showdown with Real Madrid's chairman has earned him the support of the Real players and given him hope he may play again for the club.
Galaxy midfielder Peter Vagenas, who captained the side to a cup double in 2005, earns £64,000 a year in stark contrast to Beckham's £25.5million agreed yearly package.
Vagenas told Radio Five Live: 'Of course there is resentment. I think if people said no they would be lying. But a wise man once said you are worth what you negotiate.
'On the one hand you would say more power to him but on the other hand you think why can't I be earning that?'
Vagenas' words will not be welcome to Beckham, but at least the 31-year-old has been given the backing of his current team-mates.