David Beckham has joined Paris Saint-Germain and will donate his salary to charity, after agreeing a five month deal with the Ligue 1 side that will see him remain there until the end of the season.
The former Galaxy player was officially unveiled to the world at a press conference at 11:30am (EST) on Thursday.
“I’m excited, it’s something we’ve been working and talking about for quite a while,” he said.
“Finally it’s happened. The wife and children will be staying in London. We’re all very excited.”
In an unprecedented move from any professional sportsperson, Beckham revealed he would be plying his trade for free with his club salary being donated to a children’s charity in Paris.
“I won’t receive any salary. My salary will go to a local children’s charity. That’s one of the things we are excited and proud to do. It’s something exciting and I’m not sure it’s been done before.”
He added: “It’s something the guys [PSG management] do, but obviously it’s a very good figure. That’s one thing we’re very excited about. To be able to give a huge sum to a children’s charity in Paris is very special.”
In November Beckham announced he would be leaving the Galaxy stating: “I wanted to experience one last challenge before the end of my playing career.”
Since then Beckham is reported to have received an array of offers from Europe, South America, North America, South Africa, Russia, China and the Middle East.
However, when he 37-year-old midfielder announced he was permanently relocating his family back to London, a move to Europe seemed to be on the cards.
PSG currently lead the way in Ligue 1 and face Valencia in the Champions League, where they accumulated more points than any other team during the group phase of the competition.
The Qatar Investment Authority purchased the club in 2011 and pledged transforms the side into one of Europe’s elite clubs. Since then PSG has spent over $315m on players, including Zlaten Imbrahimovic, Thiago Silva, and Luca Moura who all cost huge fees.
Beckham will be reunited with PSG coach Carlo Ancelloti and PSG director of football Leonardo in Paris, who both coached Beckham at AC Milan during a two controversial loan spell in 2009 and 2010. He received criticism from Galaxy fans and teammate Landon Donovan who questioned his commitment to the Galaxy after the loan spells caused him to miss a portion of the MLS season.
England’s most capped outfield player with 115 appearances, Beckham will be hoping to win a league title in his fourth country, having won six EPLs with Manchester United, one La Liga with Real Madrid, and two MLS Cups with the LA Galaxy.