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Beckham signs for PSG, donates salary to charity

Published on Feb 1, 2013 6:14 AM
 
British football player David Beckham poses presenting his new jersey after a press conference on January 31, 2013 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. Beckham signed a five-month deal with the French Ligue 1 football club Paris Saint Germain until the end of June. -- PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - Former England captain David Beckham on Thursday signed for ambitious French league leaders Paris Saint-Germain on a five-month contract which will see him donate his entire salary to a children's charity.

The 37-year-old midfielder - one of the world's most recognisable sportsmen with a pop star wife and an estimated net worth of 190 million pounds (S$373 million) - has been without a club since leaving Los Angeles Galaxy last year.

But after a day of fevered speculation, the ex-Manchester United, Real Madrid and AC Milan star was unveiled by Qatari-owned PSG at a packed news conference after a routine medical at a city hospital.

"I'm very lucky. I'm 37 and I got a lot of offers, probably more offers that I've ever had in my career. I chose Paris because I can see what the club is trying to do, I can see the players the club's bringing in," said Beckham, whose deal runs until June 30.

 
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