Friday, Jan. 20, 2012
LONDON — Resisting the lure of Paris for the sake of his family, David Beckham pledged his future to Major League Soccer on Wednesday by signing a new two-year contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy.
The 36-year-old midfielder had been courted by leading clubs across Europe in the months before his initial five-year Galaxy deal ran out in December, with Paris Saint-Germain's wealthy Qatari owners offering the most lucrative deal.
But Beckham turned down around $12 million a year with the glamorous French capital club for a less lucrative base salary at the Galaxy, which was previously paying him at least $6.5 million a year.
"This was an important decision for me," Beckham said in a statement. "I had many offers from clubs from around the world, however, I'm still passionate about playing in America and winning trophies with the Galaxy."