Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has publicly urged former Manchester United star David Beckham to join the big-spending French side, ahead of Premier League strugglers Queen’s Park Rangers – if he wants to add more silverware to his CV.
Beckham currently plays for LA Galaxy where he has resided since his move from Real Madrid in 2007. Beckham has won 6 Premier League titles, two FA Cups and a Champion’s League title with Manchester United, the La Liga title and Supercopa de Espana with Real Madrid, and one MLS Cup with Galaxy.
He is the most internationally recognizable footballer in the world and an ambassador for the game, and his country but the Swedish striker thinks Beckham should take up a proposed offer from PSG when his contract expires at the end of the season.
Beckham has stated he has “one final challenge” left in him – his senior professional career now spans almost two decades. He made his Premier League debut for Manchester United in 1995 against Leeds United. He’s been the captain of England and has amassed a fortune of £125 million.
He’s scored 129 goals for four clubs and his country combined in 703 appearances overall.
Some have suggested Beckham, upon the expiration of his LA Galaxy contract, will head for Australia where he is wanted by at least 5 A-League clubs. Beckham is a brand and he, as a product, has been exported all across Europe, USA, and Asia. Perhaps Australia would be a lucrative venture in the context of his business interests.
Meanwhile, new QPR boss Harry Redknapp has confirmed his interest in bringing Beckham back to the Premier League – but at 37 years of age there are serious concerns as to whether he would be capable of keeping up with the pace of the most physically demanding league in the world.
Beckham was handed an initial five-year contract by LA Galaxy worth $6.5 million per year – a staggering $32.5 million over its course. There are very few teams in the world that could afford to compete with the vast amount of money brand Beckham requires in wages – his name, and influence draw wider attention to the club and their sales in merchandise along with gate receipts are significantly boosted by his signature, regardless as to whether he actually plays.
However, for a professional footballer nearing the close of his career, perhaps it will be trophies that will decide where he spends his final chapter.
Enter Zlatan Ibrahimovich, who told French newspapers this week,
“I am sure there will be many offers for him from clubs all over the world, but it is a very exciting project here in Paris and if he still wants more trophies then this is the right club for him to join.”
Over to you, David.