In late January, David Beckham, 37 signed to play the rest of the season for Paris Saint-Germain. Then he announced that he was giving away his salary to charity. According to l’Equipe the midfielder waived his salary to avoid paying taxes.
And the 37-year-old does not seem to have any financial problems due to this. According to Forbes magazine Beckham earned the most of all the football players last year, including salary and sponsorship deals. Nearly 90 percent of revenues came from his underwear campaign with Swedish company H & M.
In 2012, Beckham earned $ 50.6 million, about 330 million. It is three times as much as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who raked in $ 16.6 million. This means that Sweden’s captain ends up in 13th place when it comes to the world’s highest-paid player.
PSG was eliminated from Champions League last week but the dream of a double was still alive in the cup when facing Evian. PSG got a great start in the game when David Beckham hit a long pass to Christophe Jallet which in turn found Javier Pastore. The Argentine juggled the ball to himself and scored 1-0 on the volley over the bar.
Evian put in 1-1 however, at the end of the first half through Saber Khalifa. Zlatan had a chance to decide the game before overtime but hit the post in his attempt. Instead, the match went into overtime.
At the end of the second extra time Thiago Motta got a red card for kicking down an Evian player. PSG players were not at all happy with the decision and several, including Zlatan, started discussing with the judge.
The match was then decided on penalties. Evian began to put their first. But when it was Zlatan turn the goalkeeper luckely saved. Evian went on to put their second goal, while Thiago Silva missed his penalty. The home side also put their third and fourth penalties into goal and thus advance to the semifinals.
In November PSG went out of the League Cup against Saint-Etienne, this was also when Silva missed a penalty. Zlatan has not missed a penalty since he debuted in Milan against Cesena in September 2010. But after 21 straight penalty goals the miss came at a very bad timing.
Interesting interview with Zlatan before the game against Barcelona. They go into questions about his time in Barcelona, his relatation with his previous manager in Bareclona. There is also discussion about that many people see Zlatan as a “bad boy”.
The interview continues with Zlatans view on Beckham and how his joining in Paris SG in January and how it has impacted Zlatans situation in PSG. If you are a true Zlatan fan and have not seen this interview yet I highly recommend you to check it out.
Zlatan has during has career won a total of nine league titles and this year with Paris SG he is heading for his 10th title. However during his career he has only been able to get one cup title and this could be the second time he wins one.
After the elimination in Champions League and the defeat against Barcelona the aim for Paris SG and Zlatan Ibrahimovic is not to win the national titles. With a lead of 9 points with 6 matches left the league looks like a sure thing. In the French cup Paris SG have reached the quarter final. The oposition this Wednesday are Evian who are close to getting eliminated in the league.
The cup means a lot to us says PSG midfielder Blaise Matuidi in an interview published on the teams webpage.
For Zlatan Ibrahimovic would a French double be a plaster on the wound in his so far fruitless hunt for a Champions League title. Only once has the Swede won a national doubles, league and cup, and it was during his first season with Ajax in Spring 2002.
Any more cup titles has not happened. The only league title misses came in 2003, during his second season at Ajax, and 2012, when he played for AC Milan.