Beckham plays for free in Paris

David Beckham has signed for French football giants Paris Saint-Germain on a five-month contract. The 37-year-old revealed he will donate his entire salary to a Paris charity.

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Beckham 'set to join richest team in world'

  • Paris Saint-Germain are said to be the richest team in the world
  • They are owned by Qatari Crown Prince Sheik Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani
  • They have spent more than £200m on transfers over the last 18 months
  • They are currently top of the French Ligue 1 table, ahead of Lyon on goal difference - but haven't won the French title since 1993-94
  • They will play Valencia in the last 16 of the Champions League, after winning their group
  • Their manager is former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti, who Beckham worked under at AC Milan
  • They recently signed Brazilian teenager Lucas Moura for around 45m euros
  • Their star man - until now - has been Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Beckham leaves Paris hospital 'after PSG medical'

David Beckham left the Institut de Cardiologie in Paris this afternoon, having reportedly completed a medical before joining big-spending French side Paris Saint-Germain.

The former Manchester United, Real Madrid and AC Milan midfielder insisted he had no plans to retire on leaving LA Galaxy last month.

He has been training with Arsenal this week to work on his fitness, and now looks set to take on another challenge in Paris.

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How Beckham may have been persuaded to head to Paris

Paris St Germain are in the Champions League knockout stage, and the prospect of winning a league title in a fourth country will have proved attractive for Beckham.

Carlo Ancelotti Credit: Press Association

The clincher was the presence of coach Carlo Ancelotti and director Leonardo at the club - Beckham knows both men from their time at AC Milan where he spent time on loan from the Los Angeles Galaxy.

PSG have the financial clout too - they are Qatari-owned and have been the highest-spending club in Europe in the past year.

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Paris St Germain was one of Beckham's main options

David Beckham said he wanted "one last challenge" before ending his playing career. Paris St Germain was among his options:

  • Europe: Paris St Germain may have followed up interest they expressed in December last year. A return in Europe to the Premier League always appeared unlikely
  • Australia: Beckham's spokesman denied claims last year he may head Down Under. But Perth Glory and Melbourne Heart did express an interest
  • China: Over one billion people live in China and Beckham's marketing appeal could have grown even further if he headed to Asia
  • Stay in the United States: He has a wife and four children to take into consideration. So staying put could have made sense with a a cross-coast move to New York Red Bulls
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