Earlier this week we saw photos of David Beckham doing a bit of training with the Arsenal FC in England but it turns out that that training session was just for fun … because today we learn that Becks has signed a contract to play with Paris Saint-Germain FC this season. After Becks ended his contract with the LA Galaxy last month, everyone started to wonder which, if any, team he’d play with next. Now we know … the lucky folks who root for PSG can now add David Beckham to their beloved team.
Brand Beckham is moving from the “City of Angels” to the “City of Light.” Soccer star David will take former popstar wife Victoria and their four children back to Europe, with big-spending French club Paris Saint-Germain confirming that the former England captain has passed a medical ahead of Thursday’s transfer deadline. The 37-year-old is expected to be unveiled at a press conference at 1600 GMT, ending speculation about his next destination following the end of his six-year spell with U.S. MLS team Los Angeles Galaxy in early December. He had been linked with a host of clubs around the world but, in the twilight of his career, has decided to join a team on the rise thanks to the injection of hundreds of millions of dollars by its Qatari owners. “It’s simply a very nice piece of short-term brand alignment that will be mutually beneficial to both parties,” sports business expert Simon Chadwick told CNN. Beckham is one of the world’s most recognisable names, both for his sporting prowess and numerous off-pitch endorsement deals, and his pulling power could provide a valuable income stream for PSG — which must conform to European football’s financial fair play rules that restrict over-spending by club owners. “I think it’s very difficult to quantify,” Chadwick said. “He’s been away from Europe for too long — he’s now really in his twilight years, we don’t know what part he’ll play in the team, we don’t know how he’ll be used for commercial purposes, we don’t know how the French public will respond. “And we don’t know how international fans will engage with and consume the PSG/Beckham brand. We may see a spike in activity such as increases in ticket sales, but I am not entirely convinced that there’ll be a significant sustainable stream of revenues.”
Well, good for him … I guess :/ From what I understand, Paris St-Germain is a serious football club so Becks is going to have to pull his weight to hang with the young guys on the team. Even tho I’m bummed that he has left the US for Europe, I do wish him all the best with his new team. It would be a shame to have Becks sitting on the bench all season cuz he can’t hang … so we’ll see. Becks left the LA Galaxy as a champion, it remains to be seen how he will end his professional career from here on out. Any PSG fans out there? Are you happy to have Becks on your team?
UPDATE: Becks made an in person appearance to talk to the press about his new soccer team and he revealed that he will be donating his entire salary from Paris Saint-Germaine FC to charity:
David Beckham has joined Paris Saint-Germain and says he will donate his salary to a children’s charity. The 37-year-old former England captain was presented Thursday at the French club’s Parc des Princes stadium. The club said he signed a five-month deal. PSG President Nasser Al-Khelaifi says “we’re very happy to welcome David Beckham to Paris Saint-Germain. He will be joining for five months until 30 June.” During that time, Beckham says his salary will go to a Paris children’s charity. PSG is the latest stop in Beckham’s glamorous career, which has seen him win titles with Manchester United, Real Madrid and the Los Angeles Galaxy.
HMMM … only a 5 month contract, eh? Sounds like PSG wants to make sure Becks is worth keeping before they sign him to a multi-year deal. I hope things work out the best for both sides. At least we know that a lucky charity (or charities) will be getting some cash from this deal so it’s a win/win, I suppose.