Qatar eyes $32m deal for Beckham - report

Football star David Beckham could be offered bumper deal to head to Gulf
David Beckham.
By Neil King
Wed 09 Jan 2013 02:29 PM

A US$32m two-year deal could be on the cards as the Qatar Stars League aims to tempt football megastar David Beckham to the Gulf.

According to the UK's The Sun newspaper, a Qatar source is quoted as saying: “When it comes to money offers, Qatar is the biggest by far. Senior figures in the Q League feel Beckham has the total package and they need to up the interest in the game there around the world.”

It is also thought that a long-term PR role as ambassador for the Qatar 2022 World Cup could also follow when the 37-year old former England captain hangs up his boots.

The source is also credited as saying: “They have seen what Beckham did in the US league and feel that type of transformation could be priceless.

“David is one of the few – possibly the only – soccer player who has the tools to revive the image of the game here.”

Beckham has already stated that he wants to carry on playing after ending his five-year stint in the US with MLS side LA Galaxy, but the ex-Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder has not indicated where he will next take to the pitch.

He has already been linked with Qatar Investment Authority-owned Paris St Germain in France, as well as English Premier League sides West Ham United and QPR.

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Subscribe to Arabian Business' newsletter to receive the latest breaking news and business stories in Dubai,the UAE and the GCC straight to your inbox.