When a professional athlete's mid-30s dawn, the talk turns to the end.
Does he have anything left? Should he retire? And if so, where, when and how?
If an athlete is a true great at his sport, the terms become pertinent, lest he tarnish a legacy carefully cultivated over a decade or two by sticking around too long and leaving an underwhelming last impression.
For David Beckham, conventional wisdom would suggest that it's time to hang those spiffy pink lightweight cleats from the nearest hook after Saturday's MLS Cup Final between his Los Angeles Galaxy and the Houston Dynamo . He's 37-years-old. He's won the UEFA Champions League once and the Barclays Premier League six times with Manchester United . He's won Spain's La Liga with Real Madrid and he's England's only player to have scored in three World Cups while representing his laurelled national team more often than any other position player. He's collected reams of individual awards.