He’s arguably the most famous soccer player on the planet, rich beyond belief and possessed with a sublime talent that has taken him to some of the world’s biggest clubs. But that doesn’t mean that David Beckham doesn’t understand “sacrifice.”
The 37-year-old told CNN that he’s finding it hard to be apart from his wife Victoria and their four children, who stayed behind in London while Beckham plays for Paris Saint-Germain.
But while Beckham has said he’s giving his entire salary to a local charity, that’s not to say his life in the City of Light isn’t comfortable. Beckham’s current abode is the Le Bristol hotel, where the lavish, 3,400-sq.-ft. Imperial Suite comes with three bedrooms, a dressing room, and a massive pink marble bathroom. The price? A reported $21,000 per night.
But as Beckham has made clear, it’s still not easy:
“That’s the sacrifice I have to make as a father and as a husband: being away from my family. It is only for a short time, but it’s difficult being away from the children every single day. But they understand it. They understand that Daddy works hard.”
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It may not be as short as Beckham imagined: while the deal he signed in January was only for five months, PSG chairman Nasser al-Khelaifi has said he wants to extend the arrangement for another season, reported Reuters — potentially keeping Becks in Paris until May 2014.
The midfielder was a surprise starter in Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final match against Barcelona, and played for 70 out of the 90 minutes. Beckham refused to be drawn on his future after Tuesday’s 2-2 tie, saying, “Let’s wait and see. Let’s recover from this game tonight and enjoy the rest of the season.”