David Beckham: Still Changing The Game of Soccer
With the beginning of the soccer season this year, many media outlets focus on the latest transfer news, injury updates, and the FIFA World Cup 2014 qualifying matches. However, despite all of this glorious buzz, I still think back and remember how one man stands out among all the rest: David Beckham. Even though Beckham forever changed the soccer world with his retirement announcement in May 2013, he will always be remembered for the countless personal awards, club championship, and international play (such as the Goal That Shook The World). With so many memorable performances on the pitch over the years, it might be shocking to some that Conscious was more impressed by something else Beckham did more recently in his career that caught our attention.
In an unprecedented move, David Beckham recently signed with Paris-Saint Germain (PSG) and decided to donate his entire salary of $3.4 million euros to children's charities in Paris, France. This gesture of generosity should not go unnoticed, as no other player has ever made such a large and selfless donation. Beckham brought veteran leadership, world class skill, and huge fan base to PSG. However, it is his decision to give to others that stood out amongst all of his success, and it is how I personally will remember Beckham. Not only is he a proven winner on the pitch, but he also has made a conscious choice to use his influence and funds to make the world a better place, which will never be forgotten as an example for all of us. As many will always try to "Bend It Like Beckham" while playing soccer , we hope they also seek to mirror his charitable awareness, genuine action, and sincere generosity towards those in need.
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