David Beckham has reportedly signed a lucrative £10-million (R150m) deal to become an ambassador for Qatar.
Beckham is one of the most recognized football figures of the modern era and is often seen as the first genuine superstar of the game due to his incredible marketability that dates back to his time with boyhood club Manchester United.
He went on to represent Real Madrid, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, and LA Galaxy where his world-renowned brand exploded before eventually retiring and venturing into club ownership with MLS franchise, Inter Miami.
With a current net worth of an estimated £360m (R7.4-billion), Beckham has now reportedly agreed to lead a role to promote the nation with a key influence on the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup.
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Tarnishing his clean image?
According to the British publication, the Daily Mail, Beckham has agreed to the lucrative deal after over a year of negotiations with his representatives and the Qatari committee leading the global showpiece promotions.
"This is a deal that is supposed to be top secret. It is being kept quiet until there is an opportunity to land it without David’s PR being affected too much," a source told the publication with concerns arising over the poor human rights record associated with the Gulf state.
"Well, that’s the hope anyway. Qatar are very much in his hands. There are concerns about his reputation but there is enough money on the table for the optics not to matter so much. That said, it will be officially landed at an opportunistic time."
Did you know?
Beckham has the number "99" tattooed on his finger in tribute towards the historic treble-winning United squad which marked the year he was married and the birth of his firstborn son Brooklyn.
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