David Beckham to Bolster Qatar World Cup 2022 Charm Offensive?

Ian Rodgers@irodgers66World Football Staff WriterJanuary 9, 2013

David Beckham was an ambassador for England's 2018 World Cup bid along with Prince William and Prime Minister David Cameron.
David Beckham was an ambassador for England's 2018 World Cup bid along with Prince William and Prime Minister David Cameron.Pool/Getty Images

David Beckham has been offered the chance to extend his playing career in Qatar, according to a report in The Sun.

The 37-year-old is considering a number of offers from across the globe after the former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder left LA Galaxy last month.

According to recent reports, Beckham and wife Victoria have put their children in school in London, prompting speculation he could be returning to the Premier League.

The most likely deduction from those reports would indicate Beckham playing for Paris Saint-Germain and former AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti, who twice took him to the San Siro on loan from the Galaxy.

His appearance in the stands to watch West Ham draw 2-2 with Manchester United on Saturday also sparked links with the East London club, which Hammers manager Sam Allardyce made no attempt to play down.

Now a link with a move to the Qatar Stars League has emerged, with lucrative money on offer plus a possible ambassadorial role for the 2022 World Cup, which was controversially awarded to the country by FIFA in December 2010.

The Middle Eastern country also watched the boost given to soccer in the United States after Beckham signed for LA Galaxy in 2007.

The Qataris believe the midfielder can provide a similar impetus to their own burgeoning league.

Beckham has charted his career to date with supreme precision. From Manchester United to Real Madrid to LA Galaxy, with stops at AC Milan breaking up his time in the U.S.

He has been linked with many more names since announcing his departure from Los Angeles—with PSG, Queens Park Rangers, Monaco and clubs in Australia, China and Russia.

The offer from Qatar is intriguing and would appeal to anyone, let alone Beckham, for its financial rewards.

However, the lucrative success of the Beckham brand across the globe means money will not be the pivotal figure in any decision he makes.

The Q League boasts the name of former Real teammate Raul, who is playing for Al-Sadd, but football in the country is still some way from where even the MLS was when the former England international joined its ranks.

Beckham played a major role in both the successful London 2012 Olympic bid and the unsuccessful England attempt to bring the 2018 World Cup to the country.

The Qatar authorities recognise having his name attached to their own public relations for the 2022 tournament would be a huge boost. However, is it likely Beckham would sign his last few playing years off in a minor league in return for a figurehead role with them?

Beckham still believes he has a lot to offer in the game in the winter of his playing career and will be eyeing a high-profile club for his next and final move. Qatar isn't that move.