Today's news, tomorrow's lesson - 1 February - Spend it like Beckham: the footballer donates salary to charity

The world’s most famous footballer David Beckham has grabbed the headlines once again by announcing that he is to give up his wages paid by his new club to a French children’s charity.


Today's news, tomorrow's lesson - 1 February

Spend it like Beckham: the footballer donates salary to charity


The world’s most famous footballer David Beckham has grabbed the headlines once again by announcing that he is to give up his wages paid by his new club to a French children’s charity.

The 115-cap England veteran was unveiled as a Paris St Germain player on Friday to the frantic pops and flashes of cameras as the world’s media trained its lens on the 37-year-old.

Where Beckham would eventually decide to play his football had been the subject of weeks of speculation. But it was the revelation that the former Manchester United and Real Madrid player would hand over what is likely to be eye-watering sums of money to charity that caught the attention.

Footballers, while not commonly known for their charity work, often do spend time visiting children’s hospitals or other worthy causes away from the media glare but Beckham’s decision to donate all of his pay to charity sets him apart.

While the money is nowhere near the vast sums donated by billionaire philanthropists Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, or Warren Buffet, one of America’s most successful investors, Beckham’s move lifts him beyond the realms of simple footballing star status.

And yet there have been suggestions that the decision by the former England captain to give away his salary was just part of a wider PR stunt that would boost both his and the Paris club’s profile.

When asked who came up with the idea to donate his pay cheque to charity, Beckham said it was a decision reached by both him and the club.

“It’s one of the things we talked about at the start. I have been very fortunate through my career. I’m fortunate that I’m in the position I’m in. I thought it would be good to give it to a children’s charity,” he said.

But the father of four refused to say how much the five month contract he had signed was worth, before adding, “Obviously it’s a very good figure. It’s has never been about the biggest contract and the amount of money. That doesn’t interest me.”



Questions


  • In your opinion, which jobs in society should pay the most? Explain your reasons.
  • What do we mean by 'PR'? Why might people suspect that Beckham's donation is "a PR stunt"?
  • Besides giving money, what more can people do to support charities?
  • Which celebrities do you admire most and why?

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