USMagazine, Thursday, January 31, 2013, 10:20am (PST)
Bonjour, Beckhams! Soccer star David Beckham put an end to the speculation about his next career move when he announced Thursday, Jan. 31, that he had signed a five-month contract with French powerhouse Paris St. Germain. The real kicker? He plans to donate his entire salary -- 150,000 pounds per week until June 30 -- to a local children's charity.
"That's one of the things we're very excited about and proud to be able to do," the athlete explained in a press conference. "It's something...I'm not sure has been done before but something I'm very passionate about -- children and the charity side of things -- and so is the club, so we came together."
Speaking about his decision to join PSG, the 37-year-old said: "I am very honored. I chose Paris because I can see what the club are trying to do. I can see the players they are trying to bring in. It's an exciting city; it always has been. But now they have a club that will have a lot of success for the next 10, 15, 20 years. I'm not saying I will be playing then, but for now, to be a part of something that is growing is exciting."
Of his five-month contract, Beckham said he was "150 percent committed" to helping the club grow during and beyond the length of his stay -- even if that means sitting on the sidelines. "I don't expect to come into this team and play in every single game. I don't expect to start. I have to work for that," he noted, adding that he had kept up with his training and would be ready to join his teammates "in a few weeks."
His family, meanwhile -- which includes his wife, fashion mogul and former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham, as well as their four children, Brooklyn, 13, Romeo, 10, Cruz, 7, and Harper, 18 months -- would remain in their native England. "[They] will be staying in London because my kids go to school there," he explained.
The British sportsman first skyrocketed to fame with England's Manchester United, where he played for more than 10 years. In 2003, he transferred to Real Madrid for four seasons before heading to Los Angeles to play for the Galaxy. He and his family became fixtures on the Hollywood scene there, but in November 2012, he announced that he would be leaving the team after its Major League Soccer Cup game on Dec. 1.