To all of you who don’t live on the lonely island, Great Britain has issues with success. People hate people who do well. Generally. So it comes as little surprise that with news of David Beckham’s altruistic move to give all of his Paris-St Germain salary to charity, the Brits had him hung, drawn and quartered in seconds.
By giving his £700,000-a-month wages to a children’s charity, Beckham has been hit with nothing but criticism by British newspapers. Apart from a few gushing reviews of fresh Beckham-in-Y-fronts photos… but that’s a different side of him all together.
Most of the articles are saying it’s all a rather puffed-up public relations exercise. And then over the Channel, the French are saying he is guarding his piles of gold from the taxman.
While it’s true he’ll avoid France’s new 75% tax on the rich by giving his new salary away, he’s also not be seeing the cash himself, so it’s hard to follow that logic.
And so what if the awesome idea was greased up and spurred on by a public relations team? It’s not like he’s covering up plans of evil swinery on the side. We’re talking about Golden Balls here.
He may be worth £260 million, but the man did some good. We dig. We shouldn’t be slaying him, we should be applauding him.
Let’s hope he inspires all the other multi-million pound Y-front wearing footballers of the world to give more than just blushes this season.
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