Beckham joins PSG, to donate salary
By Jermone Pugmire ,APPARIS -- David Beckham pledged to donate his salary to a children's charity Thursday after signing a five-month contract with Paris-Saint Germain, the latest stop on his globe-trotting career.
February 2, 2013, 12:05 am TWN
The 37-year-old former England captain joined PSG after turning down several other offers and pledging to effectively play for free. No financial details were given as to how much Beckham's salary would be or the name of the charity. The decision was taken early Thursday morning.
“It's something we (decided) together, it's one of the things we talked about from the start. But this all happened so quick,” Beckham said. “I thought what a great idea it would be, that the salary would go to a children's charity in Paris.”
Beckham's glamorous career has seen him win titles with Manchester United, Real Madrid and the Los Angeles Galaxy.
“Every club I have played for throughout the world, I have been successful with. I have been successful with Manchester United, and I have always said that I would never want to play for another English club,” Beckham said. “It's the team that I support, that I always dreamt of playing for.”
Beckham recently finished a six-year stint in the United States with the Galaxy. Whether he can still be a force in European soccer is still uncertain.
“I am very lucky. I am 37 years old and I got offered a lot of offers, more offers now than I have probably had in my career, at my age,” Beckham said. “I am very honored about that. I chose Paris because I can see what the club are trying to do, the players the club are trying to bring in. It's an exciting city, always has been, always will be.”
Beckham was close to joining PSG last year, discussing a potential move with sporting director Leonardo as PSG desperately chased a big name to match its new-found status and seemingly endless funds from its Qatari backers.
But the move fell through and PSG moved on to other targets, capturing striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, his AC Milan teammate Thiago Silva, Napoli winger Ezequiel Lavezzi and Brazilian prodigy Lucas.
“I felt last year that I still had something to achieve in Los Angeles. I won the championship in the last year of my contract and yes, we spoke to Leo a number of times but I think we both came to the thought that it wasn't the right time,” Beckham said. “So we parked it and decided that right now is the right time because I was at the end of my contract last year. I accepted one more year in Los Angeles, I won another championship, another trophy in Los Angeles and I believe it was the right time to leave.”