David Beckham to be £150m face of Qatar World Cup despite human rights shame

Manchester United great David Beckham is reportedly set to be unveiled as the face of the Qatar World Cup – netting a cool £150million.

It has been reported by The Sun the former England captain, 46, has agreed a deal thought to be worth £15m a year over the next decade to become the country's ambassador.

Goldenballs has already spent time in the country, flying into the capital Doha earlier this month for a week of viewing stadiums and meeting dignitaries ahead of the tournament next year.

The mega-money deal is likely to cause uproar given the country's human rights record, and in particular its attitude towards the LGBTQ+ community.

However, Beckham has reportedly been told that fans attending the 2022 competition will be allowed to display rainbow flags in stadium and be kept safe during the month-long event.

Homosexuality is illegal in Qatar, though the application of the law itself is thought to have become more progressive in recent years.

The former England captain was also informed of the growing female presence in government, according to reports.

Beckham already has links with the Qatari state, having played briefly for Paris Saint-Germain towards the end of his career, and will now be expected to promote tourism and culture in the region.

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A source told The Sun: "David believes in Qatar’s commitment to progress and that the World Cup — the first to be held in the Arab world — can effect significant positive change.

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"He strongly believes in the power of football to bridge differences but, crucially, has seen the progress on issues that matter.

"By signing David, the hope is more westerners will be encouraged to see its beautiful beaches, vast expanses of sand dunes and incredible skyscrapers."

A spokesperson for Beckham explained: "David has always talked about the power of football as a force for good on many levels.

"As we reach the one year to go point he will join the wider football community that is coming together for the World Cup 2022 and he’s looking forward to what he thinks will be a great tournament."

The decision to award Qatar the 2022 World Cup remains controversial more than ten years on from the vote itself.

The Middle East state beat off competition from the United States, South Korea, Japan and Australia to host the 22nd edition of the tournament.

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