The fact that David Beckham will become Ligue 1’s highest paid player when he arrives at PSG is no big surprise but the figures of his potential salary are certainly eye watering.
According to Le Parisien, the Englishman will net £670,000 per month, as well as reaping the benefits from shirt sales and other merchandise.
He will surpass the league’s other big earners in Olympique Lyonnais’ Yoann Gourcuff and his soon to be teammate Javier Pastore.
Although assuming Beckham has already made his decision to cross the Atlantic for French shores is somewhat dangerous, the probability of the deal not materialising appears remarkably slim. Discussions have been ongoing between club officials and Beckham’s camp for the past two months and a signature on a Parisian contract seems imminent.
As he is now in the twilight of his career, many in France deem this as nothing more than a marketing scheme from owners QSI to cash in on shirt sales and acquire television rights. This sentiment is not shared by former Liverpool and Aston Villa Coach Gerard Houllier who believes he still has the necessary attributes to make a difference on the pitch.
Speaking to L’Equipe, he said:
“He can make the difference in a big game with a pass, a cross, or a free kick. I don’t know exactly what shape Beckham’s in, but if defenders don’t mark him closely enough, he can put the ball on a teammate’s head with uncanny precision.”
Beckham is still keeping his cards close to his chest but an announcement on his future should be made conclusively in the next week or so.