Julian Bennetts: Headline-magnet Beckham still the world's most divisive footballer

Julian Bennetts
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In the build up to last week's Champions League quarterfinal clash between Paris Saint Germain and Barcelona, ITV presenter Adrian Chiles asked if the Spanish side's midfield would be 'starstruck by David Beckham'.

That midfield consisted of Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets. Just the 61 major trophies between them, with all three of them being World and European champions.

Being star-struck isn't really in their nature.

Yet while Chiles was immediately mocked by Twitter's vituperative judges, his comment simply underlined the fact that no other footballer divides opinion like Beckham.

In France, for example, he is a busted flush, enjoying one last spell in the limelight that his performances do not really merit.