Beckham joins PSG, will donate salary to charity
PARIS (AP) — David Beckham's latest stop in his globe-trotting career is Paris-Saint Germain, with the former England captain signing a five-month contract Thursday and pledging to donate his salary to a children's charity.
Beckham joined the French club after rejecting other offers. No details were given on how much the 37-year-old star will be paid or which charity will get the money.
"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 in Major League Soccer. Whether he can still be a force in European soccer is 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."
The immaculately dressed Beckham was a model of elegance and calm as camera crews and photographers jostled for position amid the frenzy. He joked that he feels much younger than his age.
"To be the elder statesman, I'm very proud of that," he said. "No matter what my age is, I still feel 21 years old — most days."
Although Beckham's deal runs out in June, he intends to keep playing, although whether that will be with PSG remains to be decided. He is, however, eager to have a long-term role at the club.
"We slightly brushed over it, a long-term partnership is what we have looked for," he said. "Short term is playing, but long term is something we are very proud to be part of this organization that will grow and become one of the biggest in Europe."
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