What a blow. After playing for some of the greatest clubs in the world - Manchester United, Real Madrid, LA Galaxy and PSG - some Leeds fans cherished the hope that Golden Balls might bring down the curtain on his glittering career at Elland Road. But sadly that is not to be.
One disappointed fan in Golden Acre Park lamented: "I've come to this park today in honour of David. I really did think he might come to Leeds as a player coach, forming the perfect team with Brian McDermott. They are both such nice guys."
Another fan, watching the cricket in a Currys superstore, added: "It would have been a great way to put one over on the Scum and prove that we are still one of the biggest clubs in the world. They took Cantona off of us, how good would it have been if we had pinched Beckham back? I've very sad at David's decision."
Talking outside Kirkstall Abbey, a third fan said: "I don't understand David's decision. He would have felt at home in the Leeds dressing room. Thanks to Warnock, most of the players are around about his age!"
And one of many fans spotted urinating in the wind complained: "I have it on good authority that David desperately wanted to join Leeds and the only thing that stopped him was Ken Bates. We are hugely disappointed but with the financial muscle of GFH Capital behind the club, we are confident of signing six or seven world class players over the summer. And then, who knows, David may have a change of heart."