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David Beckham to give £4m PSG salary to children's charity

Publié par Clifford Armion le 02/01/2013

John Lichfield

David Beckham's €10m-a-year (£8.5m) salary for his new club Paris Saint-Germain will be given to a children's charity here in the French capital, the player has announced.
After being presented like a rock or film star to a crowded press conference at the Parc des Princes, Beckham, 37, parried questions suggesting that he was now a highly paid icon rather than a footballer. "It's always for me about playing football," he said. "But one of the reasons why I agreed to come to Paris is that I won't receive any salary. It will all go to a local children's charity."
Cynics might suggest that this is a neat way of avoiding the punitive new taxes on the super-rich which are to be introduced in France later this year. Beckham – greeted even at the press conference with cries of "Daveed, Daveed" and "Bravo!" – insisted that he had chosen PSG because he wanted to be part of the Qatar-funded plans to make the club "one of the greatest in the world".
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"David Beckham to give £4m PSG salary to children's charity ", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), janvier 2013. Consulté le 28/09/2020. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/david-beckham-to-give-4m-psg-salary-to-children-s-charity-