Former England football star, David Beckham has signed a deal with the government of Qatar which will earn him £15 million per year for the next ten years. In total, the 10-year deal is worth £150 million.
Based on his deal with the Arab country, David Beckham is the face of the 2022 Qatar World Cup. The country will unveil him officially in November 2021.
Hence, David Beckham is expected to always visit the tourist sites in Qatar including hotels, Beaches, and stadiums, and project his adventures to the world via his social media platforms.
More so, the former football star who currently co-owned Major League Soccer side, Inter Miami, is expected to participate in a series of media appearances during the lifespan of the deal.
It is believed that Qatar decided to make David Beckham the ambassador of the country so that the Country could project itself to the western world as a sociable country.
Over the years, the country has been making a series of investments in sports entertainment especially football, boxing, and Formula One just to get favorable media attention.
Why some people are not happy that David Beckham signed the multi-million pounds deal with Qatar
When FIFA gave Qatar the right to host the 2022 World Cup, many critics believed that the country did not deserve such an honor due to the human rights abuses linked to the country.
Qatar has not legalized same-sex marriage, women are given restricted rights, and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community are not allowed to operate freely. Other discriminatory policies of the Qatari government have always given the country a bad name.
Hence, most critics of the country believe that the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar is a gamble and the country has been trying so hard not to allow it so.
The same criticism FIFA got for giving Qatar the right to host the World Cup has been the same criticism David Beckham has been getting since the 46-year-old football star signed the £150million deal with Qatar.
However, a British publication, The Sun, claimed that Beckham had been assured that the country would allow the LGBTQ community to display their symbol at stadia during the World Cup.
Beckham reportedly consulted his wife, Victoria before he signed the deal. Recall that Victoria and her pop band The Spice Girls sang about “girl power” which signified her hatred for discrimination against women.
A source told the Sun that: “David believes in Qatar’s commitment to progress and that the World Cup — the first to be held in the Arab world — can affect significant positive change.
“He strongly believes in the power of football to bridge differences but, crucially, has seen the progress on issues that matter.”