Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani sees a second career on the horizon for the British soccer star

By Tim Nudd
Updated January 16, 2007 09:00 AM

Of the 13 teams in Major League Soccer, Giorgio Armani thinks he knows why David Beckham chose the Los Angeles Galaxy: because Hollywood is a stone’s throw away.

“If (reports that Beckham’s deal is worth $250 million) are true, then he has done the right thing. And I think he wants to be an actor, not a footballer,” Armani told reporters at Milan’s fashion shows on Monday, Reuters reports.

“He is a very handsome man, and his football career could be nearing an end,” Armani said. “Also look at his wife. … I saw her at Tom Cruise’s wedding, and she is a very bubbly lady.”

Beckham, 31, and wife Victoria (a.k.a. Posh Spice), 32, are set to move to Los Angeles later this year, once the former England captain’s tenure at his current team, Real Madrid, comes to a close.

Professionally, the midfielder has been known throughout his career for his laser crosses and dipping free kicks – skills that may not seem easily translatable to the screen. But his celebrity continues to grow, and he has plenty of friends in show business. Beckham told reporters on Friday that he had sought the advice of Tom Cruise before agreeing to the move.

“They both love Los Angeles,” a family friend tells PEOPLE of the Beckhams. “It will be good for their careers, they adore the lifestyle, the weather and it would be brilliant for their boys.”