David Beckham (pictured) has decided to spend the next stage of his career at Paris St Germain in France. He has committed to playing for the club for the next five months but will donate his salary to a local children’s charity.
His wife and children will stay in London while Beckham plays and trains in Paris. It will be the first time in three years that he has played in Europe following a loan period at AC Milan when he was contracted to play for LA Galaxy in Major League Soccer in the States.
Beckham has been training with Arsenal which gave rise to speculation that he might be joining that London club. However, he has decided that what could be his last contract will be with the cash rich Parisian club.
One of his teammates in Paris will be the Swedish international Zlatan Ibrahimovic. That player has scored goals in the Champions League for six clubs. He scored four goals for Sweden in the friendly international against England last November, including one on the greatest goals in the history of the game.
The signing of Beckham will bring a huge boost to Paris Saint-Germain’s finances in the form of shirt sales with Beckham’s name on the back. In three months, the LA Galaxy raised nine million dollars through Beckham shirts after he signed for them in 2007.
Beckham is the most capped England outfield player, and is one of just five players to have earned more than 100 caps for the country. However, he is now more known around the world for his celebrity lifestyle, which includes being married to the former Spice Girl, Victoria.
Even so Beckham has had an outstanding soccer career from which he has earned a reputed £160 million. He is just the second Englishman after Trevor Francis to win league titles in three different countries, namely England,Spain and the United States.
Beckham is the first English player to score at three World Cups and the only British footballer to play 100 Champions League games. He also has the joint-second most assists in European Championship finals history.
The 37-year old started his career at his beloved Manchester United and also had a spell at Real Madrid. However, his time in the game looks like ending in Paris to the benefit of a charity in the French capital.