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Pele says Beckham must deliver results on the soccer pitch


David Beckham must deliver on the pitch and not in Hollywood if he wants to make a real impact in US soccer, Brazil's living legend Pele said in an interview published yesterday.

"David Beckham is more of a pop star than a player. Based on my experience at Cosmos New York, I advise him to be very well prepared for the matches," Pele told Germany's Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung.

"I know the level of play in that league, it is very evenly balanced, and the fans will demand a lot from a star like him," Pele said.

"He [Beckham] can stroll through Hollywood on his days off and when he has no training," Pele added.

Beckham joined Major League Soccer Club Los Angeles Galaxy in a hyped move from Real Madrid earlier this month, the biggest-name player to go to US soccer since Pele, Franz Beckenbauer and others went there in the late 1970s.

Beckham, 32, said that soccer was the only motive for his transfer, but Pele warned that his wife Victoria should take a back seat.

"David must be the one to lift the sport. He must give the right answers on the pitch, that is not Victoria's business," Pele said.

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