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Paris St-Germain strike PR coup with Beckham deal

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By John Glenday, Reporter

February 1, 2013 | 2 min read

Paris St-Germain, the Quatari owned Parisian football club, have shot to the front of news bulletins globally after signing footballing celebrity David Beckham for a five month stint at the club.

The £3m deal will see Beckham donate his wage to a children’s charity whilst staying in the French capital – a selfless gesture which has gone down well amongst fans and public.

Beckham is said to be worth around £200m and will receive no remuneration from the deal whatsoever, receiving only accommodation costs and security expenses.

The star will also dodge a 75% rate of income tax imposed by France’s socialist government, only applicable to residents spending at least six months a year resident in the country.

Speaking to reporters Beckham said: “It’s something exciting and something that I’m not sure has been done before.

“I’m very passionate about children and the charity side of things and so are the club. So we came together and it’s something special.

“Im very lucky to have achieved what I’ve achieved and earned what I’ve earned throughout my career.”

Already Beckham has been mobbed by fans on walkabouts around the stadium and coveted Beckham branded t-shirts selling like hot cakes – indicating the England star could pay his way without ever even kicking a ball.

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