20-Year Old Prediction of David Beckham’s Appearance in the Year 2020 Goes Viral

Style icon and former People magazine Sexiest Man Alive winner David Beckham has aged pretty well. Probably too well to be honest.

At 43, Goldenballs looks about as good as he ever has, putting the rest of the footballing world (except these beauties) and the male population at large to shame.

It might have been oh so different though for Becks. Well, at least FourFourTwo thought it might. Back in May 1998, the football magazine ran mocked up images predicting how various footballers would look in 2020. Why? Not sure, to be quite honest with you.

But anyway, they did and it was consigned to the annuls of history until Twitter user and apparent car-boot sale enthusiast ?@fenlandgent dug out the old copy and posted Beckham’s hauntingly unflattering?? mug online.

FourFourTwo’s tongue firmly in cheek caption alongside the image reads: “Things went distinctly pear-shaped for the Man United starlet after his club missed out on the 1998 championship and he lost his entire personal fortune in the Brylcreem crash of 2005.

“Now well into his forties, he is reduced to appearing for England veterans’ teams alongside his fellow Fergie fledgelings and reminiscing wistfully about his glory days.

“Posh Spice, who has ballooned to 20st since her singing career collapsed, now models clothes for ‘the larger lady’.”

Another to get FourFourTwo’s photoshop treatment was then Liverpool star Steve McManaman (above), who ended up looking like a sort of odd cross-breed of David Seaman and Noel Edmonds. 

Beckham, retired since 2013, is currently working to get his MLS franchise Inter Miami off the ground. While the new club has been approved by the league and should enter the competition in 2020, there have been issues over where the team will play. In addition, Internazionale of Serie A have ?taken legal action over the use of the name ‘Inter’.

Maybe another 12 months of turbulent club ownership and legal battles and Becks may just end up with a Sven-Goran Eriksson haircut and missing tooth. Probably not though. 

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Gareth Bale Made Available for Loan by Real Madrid as Finding Buyers Proves Difficult

?Real Madrid are open to letting Gareth Bale leave on loan this summer, amid concerns they will not be able to sell him for a big transfer fee due to a lack of interest.

Bale has struggled for consistency once again this season, while much of the Real Madrid fanbase has used the former Tottenham star as a scapegoat in a season that quickly went from being transitional to disastrous.

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Bale, who has eight goals in 19 La Liga starts this season, has been the subject of boos and whistles at the Santiago Bernabeu in recent months, stoked by interviews from teammates Thibaut Courtois and Marcelo which intimated that the Welshman has still not adapted to Spanish culture.

?Marca are unequivocal on ?Bale’s future, describing the Welsh star’s exit as a ‘formality’ following Zinedine Zidane’s return as manager.

However, the report claims that Real Madrid have not received a single offer for Bale since his match-winning display in the Champions League final last year and are now considering a James Rodriguez-style ‘loan to buy’ solution.

The report cites near-constant injury issues and the burden of an enormous wage and transfer fee as reasons for a lack of interest in the 29-year-old.

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With his ?Real Madrid contract not expiring until 2022 and Bale himself reluctant to push for a move, the four-time ?Champions League winner does not make for an attractive investment despite his obvious talents.

As it stands, Marca claim that Madrid are ‘waiting for an English club to show interest’ in Bale, with Manchester United the only club with the economic might and need for a player like the Welshman. Although, credible reports suggest United’s summer strategy will focus on much younger targets.

Previous reports claimed that Real Madrid would seek as much as ?€130m in a permanent deal, while allowing Bale to choose his next club. However, Marca’s assessment is much less optimistic suggesting a loan to buy option is now a possibility, similar to that of James at Bayern Munich. This would allow some of the burden of Bale’s €17m contract to be lifted over the next three years, and agree a fixed fee. 

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Kylian Mbappe Ends Talk of Move to Real Madrid by Confirming He Will Stay at PSG Next Season

?Paris Saint-Germain wonderkid Kylian Mbappe has stated that he will remain with the club next season, bringing the speculation of a move to Real Madrid this summer to an end.

Zinedine Zidane is thought to be a huge fan of the forward and was linked with a blockbuster move for Mbappe as part of his summer squad overhaul.


However, speaking to ?Cana?l+ following PSG’s 3-1 win over Monaco on Sunday, ?Mbappe put an end to the speculation around his future.

He said: “I’m staying at PSG. I joined the PSG project. I’m happy for ?Real Madrid if Zizou has returned. I will watch the matches as a fan.”

The links to Los Blancos strengthened recently following Mbappe’s public bust-up with manager Thomas Tuchel. Speaking to ?Canal+ after their shock 5-1 defeat at the hands of Lille, Mbappe questioned his side’s mentality, drawing criticism from his manager in his own post-match ?interview.

Mbappe was subsequently dropped for the following game against Nantes, before returning to the lineup to net a hat-trick against his former side on Sunday to seal the Ligue 1 title for PSG.

This season, the 20-year-old has racked up a stunning 36 goals and 17 assists in just 40 matches in all competitions, ensuring PSG picked up a sixth league title in the last seven years.

This kind of form has attracted the interest of Zidane, and many had speculated that PSG may be forced to sell the youngster amid fears of breaching UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations. However, Mbappe’s recent comments seem to have put an end to such rumours.

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Instead, Zidane is expected to target the likes of ?Chelsea’s ?Eden Hazard, ?Tottenham Hotspur’s ?Christan Eriksen and ?Manchester United’s ?Paul Pogba, although their move for the latter could be in jeopardy over ?Pogba’s high wage demands.

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Real Madrid 3-0 Athletic Bilbao: Report, Ratings and Reaction as Benzema’s Hat Trick Seals Victory

?Two second-half headers and an injury time third from Karim Benzema handed Real Madrid a much needed 3-0 win over Athletic Bilbao that closed the gap from second placed Atletico Madrid to four points in La Liga.

A largely uneventful opening to the match saw the hosts very eager to play down the flanks, bending crosses to the far post in what appeared to be a deliberate ploy imposed by Zinedine Zidane.

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With nothing left to play for this season, the match failed to spark into any life and ?Madrid struggled to penetrate the Athletic defence, with plenty of free kicks bringing the home side no joy in a niggly first half that saw no less than 14 fouls.

A brilliant late interception from Jesus Vallejo denied Athletic the opener, a tackle that prompted a swift Madrid counter attack resulting in ?Karim Benzema meeting Marco Asensio’s left wing cross to hand the home side the lead just two minutes after the restart.


Benzema was inches away from scoring his team’s second with a shot that is dragged past the far post as the home side responded to a poor first half showing. The points were sealed with 15 minutes remaining as Benzema rose highest to head home from ?Luka Modric‘ corner before completing his hat trick in added time when the Athletic keeper was caught out of his net to move Zidane’s side to within four points of Atletico in ?La Liga.?


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Key Talking Point

You could have been forgiven for thinking this match was a pre-season friendly. Madrid showed intent, however, all of it seemed to come in third gear, with little to show for considering having the lion’s share of possession.


Many questioned the return of Zidane to the manager’s role, but he can surely only be judged after a summer of investment that is so desperately needed at the Santiago Bernabeu. With Los Blancos having nothing left to play for this season, motivating a team that is as weak as the one he is in charge of now will be difficult, something painstakingly evident during a dour first half.

The Frenchman must have really got at his side during the break, as Benzema headed home just two minutes after the restart, in what seemed a far more interested and energised Madrid side.

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Benzema wrapped the points up with a well deserved hat trick in a match where Madrid were rarely tested, handing Zidane a morale-boosting win in a season to forget for Los Blancos.


Player Ratings

Starting XI: Navas (6); Carvajal (6), Varane (6), Vallejo (8), Marcelo (7); Modric (7), Casemiro (6), Kroos (6); Asensio (7), Benzema (9*), Vazquez (6)

Substitutes: Bale (6), Isco (6), Diaz (N/A)


STAR MAN – Karim Benzema

Looking at the Madrid side on paper, you would struggle to find real quality, something almost unheard of considering Los Blancos sides of years gone by. ?Raphael Varane and Modric spring to mind, but Benzema is a player who continues to find the back of the net in a mediocre team.


He pressed and ran in a forgettable first half, and when presented with a meaningful opportunity made it count straight after the restart – before sealing the deal with 15 minutes left and adding the gloss in extra time. The manager’s faith in his countryman has been rewarded in recent weeks, and the 31-year-old is almost single-handedly dragging his team through the mire at the moment.



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Player Ratings

Starting XI: Herrerin (7); Berchiche (6), Martinez (6), Alvarez (6), Lekue (7); Benat (7), San Jose (5), Cordoba (6), Garcia (7), Muniain (6); s (6) 

Substitutes: Aduriz (5), Lopez (6)


Looking Ahead?

Real Madrid travel to Getafe on Thursday evening as they take on the division’s surprise package at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez.

Meanwhile, Athletic Bilbao are on the road once again as they travel to Madrid-based Leganes to take on the mid-table side at the Estadio Municipal de Butarque.

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Luka Jovic Edges Closer to Real Madrid as Frankfurt Demand Loan of Youngster Pedro Ruiz

?Eintracht Frankfurt will insist young Real Madrid forward Pedro Ruiz joins them on loan as part of a deal that would see in-form striker Luka Jovic join the Spanish giants.

Real are close to securing the signature of the Serbian hitman, who has fired in 25 goals in all competitions this campaign. His departure would leave a sizeable hole in the Eagles’ frontline, with the Germans eyeing Ruiz as an ideal replacement for the talismanic Jovic. The young Spaniard has scored 21 times for the club’s Under-19’s this year and is considered to be one of the brightest prospects in the academy setup.

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?AS report that Frankfurt are pushing to bring Ruiz in on loan for the upcoming season, though they are also open to a permanent deal that includes a buy-back option for ?Los Blancos, since the latter would be unwilling to let one of their most talented youth products go without a clear avenue for bringing him back to the club.

At over 6’4″, Ruiz is excellent at holding up the ball and bringing teammates into play, whilst also possessing a surprisingly deft touch. Those characteristics make him well suited to the ?Bundesliga and Frankfurt would be a worthy destination.

Adi Hütter’s side are renowned for developing young, talented footballers, providing an environment that encourages them to freely express themselves. Moreover, they have a solid infrastructure and do not come under the intense scrutiny that is regularly placed upon the European elite.

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With that being the case, the ?Champions League holders would benefit from allowing Ruiz to make a temporary switch, especially if it increases the likelihood of Jovic’s transfer being wrapped up. 

It would not be the first time such a deal has been struck between the ?La Liga club and Frankfurt, with Jesus Vallejo making a similar move for the 2016/17 season. Real were impressed by his progress in Germany, further improving the strong relationship between the sides.

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