CLEAN UP JOB
Former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder David Beckham has said that he is now focused on cleaning up the image of Chinese football after being appointed as the brand ambassador for Chinese football.
Beckham recently announced his retirement from football after his contract with PSG came to an end. He has been at the French club for the last five months after signing a contract after the end of the transfer window. He effectively played for free after donating all his wages of just around £ 1 million a month to charity.
Beckham has long been rumoured with a return to English football as the owner of a franchise. Even though the 38-year-old failed to confirm the rumours, it is rumoured that he is in discussions with several parties. Owning an MLS franchise could cost in the region of $ 100 million, but it is unlikely to be a problem for one of the world's richest sportsman. There has also been suggestions that Beckham will partner with investors from Qatar and the Middle East to start the franchise, which is likely to be based in Miami, although you can get good odds on him setting up in New York if you use a Ladbrokes promotional code.
After being appointed as the brand ambassador of Chinese football, Beckham said that he is aware of the problems in football faced by this region and he is intent on solving them as soon as possible.
"When I first came on as ambassador of the Super League, I was well aware of what has happened in the past, and people question why I wanted to be involved in something that in the past had a bad name or corruption involved. For me, the past is the past, this is the future," said Beckham in the news conference. Corruption is one of the major problems affecting Chinese football. Corruption saw the departure of star names like Drogba and Anelka.