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  • MARVIN CHOW: Good morning.

  • Good morning.

  • Hello everybody.

  • How are you?

  • [AUDIENCE APPLAUSE]

  • MARVIN CHOW: My name is Marvin Chow, and I'll be your host

  • this morning.

  • We are extremely excited to be welcoming international sports

  • sensation, philanthropist, and global icon David Beckham to

  • Google today.

  • [ENTHUSIASTIC APPLAUSE]

  • MARVIN CHOW: Thank you all for coming out.

  • A special hello to all of our friends from around the world

  • who are joining us by our YouTube live stream.

  • We are coming to you from Google's headquarters in

  • Mountain View, California.

  • I have to say, when David called us and asked us if he

  • could drop by today, excitement doesn't even begin

  • to describe how we felt.

  • He is one of the few truly global sports stars.

  • He is one of the most searched for athletes on Google, and

  • it's amazing how his fans have embraced him across Google

  • Search, Google+, and YouTube.

  • It's unbelievable.

  • But before I bring out the man himself, I want to welcome to

  • Google with this short video.

  • So let's take a quick look.

  • [VIDEO PLAYBACK]

  • FEMALE SPEAKER: Why are you special in the sports world?

  • DAVID BECKHAM: Well I won the book chart in soccer school.

  • [VARIOUS VOICES]

  • FEMALE SPEAKER: I love him so much.

  • MALE SPEAKER: No freakin' way!

  • SPORTS ANNOUNCER: David Beckham!

  • [SPEAKING ITALIAN]

  • DAVID BECKHAM: Center.

  • Center.

  • Center.

  • [END VIDEO PLAYBACK]

  • [AUDIENCE APPLAUSE]

  • MARVIN CHOW: Ladies and gentlemen, ladies and

  • gentlemen, please welcome Mr. David Beckham.

  • [AUDIENCE APPLAUSE AND WHISTLES]

  • MARVIN CHOW: Nice to see you, Sir.

  • How are you?

  • Wave.

  • DAVID BECKHAM: Morning.

  • MARVIN CHOW: Have a seat.

  • Have a seat.

  • Welcome.

  • Welcome to Google.

  • So let's kick off, no pun intended,

  • with a little soccer.

  • Or, for our international friends, football.

  • You know, you David, you really have had a global

  • soccer career.

  • I mean, you joined Manchester United at the young age of 17.

  • You won 9 major trophies in 11 years there.

  • Very impressive.

  • You then joined Real Madrid where you won another trophy,

  • and then since 2007, you've been here in the U.S. playing

  • for the LA Galaxy, where last year you

  • won yet another trophy.

  • And I think that puts you in a very rare group of trifecta

  • winners of three trophies on three different countries.

  • So congratulations.

  • DAVID BECKHAM: Thank you very much.

  • MARVIN CHOW: And then obviously, while preparing to

  • meet you last night, I read even more news last night.

  • The big news that you've decided to stay here in the

  • U.S. and continue to play for the U.S., the LA Galaxy.

  • Congratulations.

  • And I think we're excited that you chose Google as a place to

  • come talk to your fans and the rest of the

  • world about that news.

  • So why don't we start there?

  • Why don't you tell us a little bit about that decision to

  • stay with the Galaxy.

  • DAVID BECKHAM: Well, good morning, first of all.

  • I'm excited to be here.

  • To be part of this is exciting for me, and to be here with

  • you all and everyone else watching around the world,

  • it's exciting.

  • Google's one of the biggest companies in the world.

  • So I'm honored to be here today.

  • My decision, obviously, throughout my career has

  • always been about my family, about my career, about my

  • footballing career.

  • And I've been lucky to have played over the years with

  • some of the biggest clubs in the world, some of the best

  • players in the world.

  • And it's been exciting.

  • I've been lucky enough to have been successful in many

  • different clubs that I've played for.

  • And professionally, coming to the U.S. was something that I

  • was excited about.

  • It was a challenge.

  • It was a new challenge.

  • I played in Europe.

  • I'd won everything that I possibly could in Europe, and

  • I wanted a new challenge.

  • MARVIN CHOW: When you conquer Europe, it's

  • definitely the next--

  • DAVID BECKHAM: Like I said, I was very lucky in my career.

  • MARVIN CHOW: You are.

  • DAVID BECKHAM: So then, obviously, coming to America

  • was an exciting thing for me, and I've had

  • a great five years.

  • I met a lot of good people, a lot of great fans around the

  • world, traveled around America, played in different

  • parts of America, which I'd never played in before, and

  • it's been exciting.

  • So this championship at the end of this year was one of

  • the most satisfying in my career, I must admit.

  • To have been here for the time that I've been here, to reach

  • the goals that I'd reached off the field, with raising the

  • popularity of the game.

  • I'd reached those goals.

  • The only goal that I hadn't reached was a championship

  • with the Galaxy, which is the main reason why I came to

  • America and came to the Galaxy as a franchise.

  • So that was missing, but now it's not.

  • MARVIN CHOW: Congratulations.

  • DAVID BECKHAM: But obviously, with the new contract now, it

  • was a decision that I didn't take lightly because I

  • obviously had other offers from other

  • clubs around the world.

  • And at 36 years old you don't expect to

  • still get these offers.

  • So that was nice.

  • But it was all about where I felt the future was going for

  • the game here in the U.S., and also where my family was

  • happiest. And my family is happiest here at the moment.

  • We love living in LA.

  • We love living in America.

  • We've adapted the culture, we've adapted everything that

  • this country has, and we enjoy that.

  • So I'm going to continue to enjoy playing soccer here, and

  • my family will continue to enjoy it.

  • MARVIN CHOW: Well, speaking of, kind of

  • away from the Galaxy--

  • I saw when you came in 2007, you made a very public

  • statement that you wanted to help grow the game of soccer

  • in the U.S. Can you talk a little bit about how that's

  • going and some areas around growing the game here?

  • DAVID BECKHAM: Well that's the thing.

  • It's one of the reasons why I came to this country.

  • It's because, for me, soccer is the number one sport around

  • the world apart from America.

  • Don't get me wrong, the other sports, American football,

  • basketball, baseball, they're all great sports and have

  • great athletes in these sports.

  • But the number one game in the world is soccer.

  • So I want to get soccer to a different

  • level in this country.

  • And I think that we've done that in the last--

  • I've felt it change in the last couple of years.

  • And that's why I didn't want to walk away from it because I

  • felt the change.

  • And to walk away at this point would be disappointing because

  • I've been part of that growth, and I want to continue to be

  • part of that growth.

  • So it's an exciting time.

  • And it's great for the family as well, great for the family

  • to be here.

  • MARVIN CHOW: Well, speaking of the family, I think we've all

  • read how important family is to you.

  • So what role did Victoria and the kids have in decision, in

  • making this decision?

  • DAVID BECKHAM: I mean, they have the final answer.

  • It's as simple as that.

  • That sounded wrong.

  • No, obviously, when you're married, when you have

  • children, your priorities totally change.

  • 10 years ago, when I was playing at Manchester United,

  • at Real Madrid--

  • obviously, we were married, but it was a lot easier for us

  • to make decisions based on our careers.

  • Whereas, we've got three amazing boys now and a little

  • girl that we have to look after, and

  • it's all about them.

  • So our priorities are about our children.

  • But like I said, in the question before, the growth of

  • the game is growing.

  • And to see when I first arrived there'd be 12 teams in

  • the league, now there's 19.

  • There are stadiums being built around America solely for

  • soccer, which is a big thing.

  • And that's the exiting part of why and one of the reasons why

  • I wanted to stay.

  • MARVIN CHOW: Yeah, well I think the impact of your

  • presence on the game has been very clear over

  • the last five years.

  • I think one of the other questions that I'm sure is on

  • a lot of people's minds with this decision is really, why

  • come to Google to tell the world and talk to your fans?

  • DAVID BECKHAM: Why not?

  • Why not?

  • MARVIN CHOW: So simple.

  • DAVID BECKHAM: Like I said, it's one of the biggest

  • companies in the world, and it reaches so

  • many millions of people.

  • And I felt that it's something that you always see when you

  • open your computer.

  • MARVIN CHOW: We like that.

  • DAVID BECKHAM: And something I was really excited about.

  • So like I said, I'm honored to be here with everyone, and

  • thanks for coming out because there's a lot of you.

  • Thank you.

  • [AUDIENCE APPLAUSE]

  • MARVIN CHOW: So in getting ready for this visit we saw

  • that you posted a video callout for questions on

  • YouTube, which is fantastic.

  • And I'd say from that video we've

  • collected tons of questions.

  • We've gone through them and we've curated them, and

  • obviously we'll go through some of those today.

  • I think, just also so you know, your Google following is

  • also very strong.

  • Obviously, you can see the people here in Charlie's, but

  • in addition to this group there are about 26 other

  • offices from around the world dialed in to watch this and

  • ask you questions as well.

  • And I think, if it weren't so late in some of the other

  • parts of the world, we'd have even more than that.

  • So congratulations on building a following here

  • at Google as well.

  • So let's dig in to some of the questions right away.

  • We'll start with football.

  • Tou Moo Yee from California wants to know, what is the

  • biggest difference between playing football in America

  • versus Europe?

  • DAVID BECKHAM: I mean, there's not a huge amount of

  • difference.

  • One of the biggest differences I'd say is just the travel.

  • It's literally the travel.

  • In Europe we only have to travel about an hour to a

  • game, or two hours at the most. Whereas, when we play

  • East Coast and we're playing in New York, it's a 5, 5 and

  • 1/2 hour journey.

  • So that's a big difference but on the field, the level of

  • play has definitely gone up in the last three or four years.

  • And I think that it's at a stage now where this game is

  • starting to attract the interest of some big names and

  • big players in Europe.

  • And I think there has to be a certain change with some of

  • the things that goes on throughout the league.

  • But I think it's a league now, where European teams, big

  • European teams, are coming over for their pre-seasons and

  • they're playing against us.

  • So five years ago, the Galaxy had been heard of but I think

  • now, with the interest of the players that have come over,

  • such as Robbie Keane and obviously London Donovan as a

  • U.S. star, we've had that interest and it's exciting to

  • be part of.

  • MARVIN CHOW: Yeah, I think it must great to see the growth,

  • see the change year over year, and the speed and the power of