Originally Posted by kaiteng
Well, since Beckham joined the team in 2003, Real Madrid hadn't won La Liga for three years in a row while the team still had shit loads of world class talents until Beck's last contract year. It clearly was not because of him alone but it looked like some kind of curse back then.
That was a bad stretch for Real, but no one was looking at Beckham thinking his tenure there in particular was a failure.
Speaking of Beckham in those terms is overstating his role and quality more than a little. It's like saying Bruce Bowen's first season with the Spurs is considered a failure because he didn't bring them a title. Beckham's far from a scrub, but his share of the load and responsibility wasn't exactly that significant.