Like Pele before him, 31-year-old David Beckham is going to play soccer for an American team to try and invigorate the sport's popularity here. The former England captain is leaving Real Madrid to join the L.A. Galaxy for a reported 5-year, $250 million contract, according to SkySports.

"I am proud to have played for two of the biggest clubs in football,'' Beckham said. "I look forward to the new challenge of growing the world's most popular game in a country that is as passionate about its sport as my own.''

Prior to joining Real Madrid, Beckham played for Manchester United, winning 10 trophies including the 1999 Champions League and scoring 86 goals in 387 matches for the club. He didn't fare as well at Real Madrid. He joined the club a year after it won a record-extending ninth European Cup, but the team failed to win a single cup after his arrival.

Beckham's definitely L.A. material. He's now more famous for his lavish celebrity lifestyle and marriage to former Spice Girl singer Victoria Adams than he is for his abilities on the field. The women in the office are going crazy about the idea of him coming to America. Two have them have already decided to fly down to L.A. to watch him play -- and that's exactly why he's getting paid so much.