The LA Galaxy unveiled a statue of David Beckham ahead of the club’s 2019 season opener on Saturday night.
The statue is prominently placed near the main entrance to the Galaxy’s Dignity Health Sports Park, with the unveiling ceremony joined by a host of club and league icons, including former coach Bruce Arena and MLS commissioner Don Garber.
Beckham joined the Galaxy in 2007 as one of the first premier signings in MLS history and played for the club through 2012, helping the LA side to two MLS Cup titles and two Supporters’ Shields on a star-studded team that also included U.S. national team hero Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane.
The former Manchester United and Real Madrid star was the first player ever signed under the designated player rule in Major League Soccer, with his signing signaling a change in the way the league approached landing top players.
Other world stars like Thierry Henry, Steven Gerrard, Didier Drogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have since followed, but Beckham will always be seen as something a trailblazer in making the jump to MLS.