Let the rumors come to an end—David Beckham is heading to Paris Saint-Germain on a five-month deal. It's a great move for the club and, more importantly, the right destination for Becks.
David Beckham joined French Ligue 1 powerhouse Paris Saint-Germain Thursday on a five-month contract after passing a physical.
"It's something I'm excited about and now it has finally happened," Beckham said during a news conference Thursday as part of his official presentation. "I am very lucky because I got more offers than I had in my career. I chose Paris because I can see what the club are trying to do. Now there is a club that is going to have a lot of success over the next 10, 15, 20 years. To be part of something with this growth is exciting to me."
Before you decide to conjure up your snarkiest comment about Becks, consider the following from Oliver Kay of The Times:
David Beckham's wages over his five-month contract at PSG will be donated to a local children's charity. Brilliant— Oliver Kay (@OliverKayTimes) January 31, 2013
Brilliant indeed. That's an amazing gesture by Beckham.
And truly, PSG makes a ton of sense for arguably the world's most recognizable player. It was always unlikely he was going to make a return to the Premier League—he's often said he would never play for another English side other than Manchester United.
Is this the right move for Becks?
It was unlikely he would have a major role for top teams in Spain or Germany. Ditto for Juventus in Italy. No, if Beckham wanted the chance to both win a league championship and compete for a Champions League title, PSG made the most sense.
There, Beckham can bring his experience and image to a team vying to become a top European side. I'm sure PSG will appreciate his ability to still brilliantly net a free kick, as well.
The Paris side has been busy this year, also adding Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Brazil's Thiago Silva and Lucas, and Argentina's Ezequiel Lavezzi, all of whom were signed over the summer. The 2012-13 PSG roster reads like an all-star unit.
Plus, is there a city in the world that better suited for a sex symbol like Beckham? One of the fashion capitals of the world now gets one of soccer's greatest fashion icons.
All Beckham needs is a stint with the New York Red Bulls and a London side, and he'll have completed the fashion circuit in club play.
PSG is rife with talent, so I don't think you'll see Beckham regularly cracking the starting 11. But as a specialist coming off the bench or as an occasional starter, he still brings enough quality to make an impact for the team.
Beckham and Paris. It seems like a match made in heaven, for player and club. Beckham gets a chance to win another title and earn Champions League glory; PSG gets major publicity and another player capable of performing at the top level of European football.
And a children's charity gets his wages.