David Beckham becomes Paris’ newest tourist attraction
PARIS, France - Paris woke up yesterday to a wave of Beckham madness, after the 37-year old former England captain signed a five-month contract with one of France's best-known clubs, PSG.
PARIS, France – Paris woke up yesterday to a wave of Beckham madness, after the 37-year old former England captain signed a five-month contract with one of France’s best-known clubs, PSG.
Media and public reaction was torn between enthusiasm for a talented player and scepticism at a major marketing ploy by the wealthy Qatari owners of the club.
Sports daily L’Equipe called the move a “A Major Showbiz Coup”, while Le Parisien said PSG had bought a “Royal Prize”.
“Qatar can get whatever they want. In Beckham they’ve got someone everyone in the world is talking about. The fact he’s only coming for five months shows he really is just the icing on the cake,” said Benoit Fournier, 45, a writer and PSG fan.
Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe also hailed the signing as a boon for the French capital, adding to tourist attractions such as the Eiffel Tower or Notre Dame cathedral.
Since taking over PSG less than two years ago, Qatar investors have spent over 200-m euros ($271m) on transfers, signing Swede striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Argentine internationals Javier Pastore and Ezequiel Lavezzi as well as Brazil centre backs Thiago Silva and Alex.