David Beckham will be worth every penny of his lucrative contract when he moves to Los Angeles Galaxy, believes Galaxy president Alexi Lalas.
Beckham will complete his move from Real Madrid to Major League Soccer at the end of the season, in a deal worth $250million.
Lalas claims Beckham has already begun to repay his huge salary as season tickets, shirts and merchandise sales have begun to soar in Los Angeles.
Lalas told the Spanish daily EI Pais: “If you want something great, you have to pay for it. Beckham is worth every euro we have paid for him.
“It is a deal from which both parties will benefit. Since we announced the deal we have sold thousands of season tickets, shirts and other items associated with the team. He has given the club a lot although he hasn’t even played yet.
“He will help revolutionise the MLS economically and from a football point of view. He was the England captain and shone at Manchester United and Real Madrid, two of the world’s biggest clubs.”
Although Beckham has since been dropped by Madrid after failing to sign a new deal, Lalas admits there is little chance of Beckham joining up with Galaxy in time for the start of the MLS season in April.
“I would love him to come in April but he told us it was very important for him to complete his contract with Real. We will wait for him with open arms in the summer.
“It seems unfair Beckham has been blamed for bad results with England and Real. If these teams play mediocre football it isn’t his fault. Football is a game of 11 against 11, not Beckham against 11.”