5. David Beckham
In four years "with" the L.A. Galaxy, the world's most famous footballer has undoubtedly brought more attention to MLS and sold a shit ton of jerseys for adidas. His stats during that stretch:
-3 injuries that caused him to miss games
-2 offseasons spent training with English Premier League teams (Arsenal in 2008, Tottenham Hotspur in 2011) instead of with Galaxy teammates
-2 offseason loans to Serie A power AC Milan (one of which extended midway into the 2009 MLS season so Becks could impress England coach Fabio Capello and make the 2010 World Cup team)
-1 subsequent beef with L.A. fans and teammate Landon Donovan, who called Beckham out for being a cheap, selfish asshole who didn't care about MLS or his teammates in Grant Wahl's book The Beckham Experiment
-0 MLS Cup championships
In the fifth and final year of his $32.5 million contract with the Galaxy and MLS, the 35-year-old Beckham, who is slowed but remains lethal on crosses and bending free kicks (see above), can be expected to have his finest year. Not because he gives a shit about MLS or the Galaxy, mind you—this is an audition for EPL clubs that might sign him afterwards. We expect he'll deliver, and that tensions might boil over if his eyes are wandering in the middle of an all-or-nothing season for L.A.
Tune in for the soccer magic, stay in case a teammate pimp slaps him.