Barton, Lineker & more: Twitter reacts to Beckham’s PSG switch
Joey Barton, Matt Le Tissier and Gary Lineker tweet their thoughts after Paris Saint-Germain confirm the signing of David Beckham
David Beckham has joined Paris Saint-Germain on a five-month contact, with the midfielder announcing he will be donating his salary to a Paris children’s charity.
The 37-year-old is reported to have received 12 offers from different clubs but opted to link up with his former AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti after leaving MLS outfit LA Galaxy in December.
Here is the pick of the Twitter reaction from the professionals as news of Beckham’s PSG switch emerged on deadline day.
As news first breaks of Beckham’s switch, Joey Barton (@Joey7Barton) is delighted to welcome his compatriot to Ligue 1: “Really hope Beckham goes to PSG. Double header against them in French Cup and League back end of Feb at their place. He’ll be great for French Football. Although, he’ll remain second best/best looking, Englishman in France. That’ll hurt his confidence!”
England legend Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) is calling Beckham a saint – and that’s before news of his charitable arrangement with PSG is made public: “Paris then for Saint Beckham. Wish him well.”
Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) knows just the man to teach Beckham French after the veteran admits he hasn’t spoken the language since school: “Hope Joey Barton gives Becks some lessons in the art of talking French……..”
Southampton’s Billy Sharp (@billysharp10) praises Beckham’s decision to donate his salary to a children’s charity in France: “David Beckham is a legend, his PSG wages are going towards helping children. #DB”
His Saints colleague Luke Shaw (@Luke_shaw3) agrees: “David Beckham donating all of his salary at PSG to a charity! What a nice guy! #Legend”
West Brom midfielder Steven Reid (@stevenreid12) reckons Beckham will get by: “Respect to Becks not taking a wage… BUT I’m sure the cut of image rights will cover that!! Nice touch anyway.”
Ireland striker Simon Cox (@Scoxy31Real) joins in on the love fest: “Beckham’s salary to go to a children’s charity in Paris. Wow what a guy.”
Former Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba (@fmuamba) adds his penny’s worth: “David Beckham is giving his salary away to charity, you got to love Beckham for doing that.
Meanwhile, Arsenal fan Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) wishes Beckham would stay at Arsenal, where the midfielder’s been training: “To be fair to old Golden Balls though, I’d still take him as Arsenal left-back over Andre Santos.”
Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier (@mattletiss7) praises Beckham: “What a lovely touch by Becks to donate his wages at PSG to charity, I know he’ll probably not miss it but not many people would do that!”
Former Newcastle right-back Warren Barton (@warrenbarton2) is predicting a knighthood: “WOW..Top man Sir David ..!!”
Sheffield Wednesday striker Jermaine Johnson (@DaRealJJ11) reveals his love for the England legend: “I’ve got so much love and respect for the legend David Beckham. #OneOfAKind #Onelove”
Finally, television presenter Tim Lovejoy (@timlovejoy) looks at the practicalities of the move: “Will Beckham commute from London to Paris do you think?”