David Beckham: LA Galaxy unveil statue before MLS season opener

David Beckham LA Galaxy statue 2019

David Beckham LA Galaxy statue 2019

The LA Galaxy unveiled a statue of David Beckham ahead of the club's 2019 Major League Soccer season opener on Saturday night.

Beckham will have another piece of art dedicated to him on Saturday when Galaxy unveil a statue of him at Dignity Health Sports Park.

Beckham said: "I am truly proud you have created something to a. keep me young and b. give my family and friends and especially my kids, who can come here one day very soon and see something of their father and see what we created and what I achieved".

"Taking care of the next generation of soccer stars in this country is really important and we did it in a community that really needed support and a safe environment for children", added 43-year-old Beckham, his parents and wife Victoria among the audience. The artists responsible for capturing the essence of the former Galaxy, Real Madrid and Manchester United star are Julie and Omri Amrany. The league's Designated Player rule, known as the Beckham rule, allowed MLS clubs to attract high-profile players such as Thierry Henry, David Villa, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

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The statue, a first for an MLS player, honours the former England captain who was the first big European name to join the league, boosting its popularity and paving the way for other global stars to make the leap.

Beckham had 98 appearances and scored 18 goals and notched 40 assists during this five-year stint in L.A., helping the Galaxy win back-to-back titles in 2011 and 2012. In addition to the field, a mural featuring Beckham's time as a member of the LA Galaxy accompanied the project.

He remains a presence in MLS as an owner of Inter Miami CF, which is due to begin play in 2020.

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