Beckham joins PSG, will donate entire salary to charity
After nearly two months since his last competitive match with the LA Galaxy at MLS Cup 2012, David Beckham has finally found that next "challenge" that he talked about in the lead-up to MLS Cup.
On Thursday, Beckham was unveiled as the newest acquisition of French Ligue 1 frontrunners Paris Saint-Germain, a club that pursued Beckham before he decided to return for one final year in MLS. He has penned a five-month contract that will run to the end of the current European season.
"I can see what the club is trying to do," Beckham told a press conference on Thursday. "Paris is an exciting city, always has been and always will be but now there's a club that's exciting to me. I'm happy I've been picked to be part of the future of PSG. I'm very excited."
Beckham also made headlines during his unveiling by announcing he would be donating his five-month PSG salary to benefit a Paris children's home.
The two-time MLS Cup champion joins a PSG side that has been one of the heaviest spenders in recent seasons since being acquired by deep-pocketed Qatari investors. The club currently sits atop Ligue 1 with 45 points and is set to face Valencia in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 in February.
For the 37-year-old, it will mark his fourth European club after spending time with Manchester United (England), Real Madrid (Spain) and AC Milan (Italy). The Galaxy represented Beckham's only venture outside the Old Continent.
Beckham will be reunited with his old AC Milan head coach Carlo Ancelotti at PSG.
"I don't expect to come into this team and play every single game," Beckham said. "I have to work for that. If I work hard, it's down to the manager."