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Beckham donates Jag to charity

Easily closing in on 'best soccer ambassador ever' status

  • Choosing a car at dealership. Thoughtful grey hair man in formalwear leaning at the car and looking away

David Beckham takes his soccer ambassador duties seriously.

Recently chosen by China as its global soccer ambassador to revive the game’s image, Beckham has already visited twice in his new role. During his second visit, a seven-day stop which began on Monday, he donated an F-Type Jaguar convertible sportscar to a Chinese children’s foundation. F-Types start at between $69,000 and $92,000.

Soon after arriving in Beijing, the 38-year-old spoke outside the Soong Ching Ling Charity Foundation’s headquarters about the purpose of this visit to China.

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At the event, Beckham donated the Jag, along with several of his own football shirts, to the foundation.

In March, China named the former England captain as its global soccer ambassador to revive the image of the game, which has been hit by a match-fixing scandal and an exodus of international stalwarts from the country’s premier league. In his new role, Beckham is expected to help bring the Chinese Super League (CSL) to the world stage and promote the game in the world’s most populous country.

  • Beckham donates Jag to charity David Beckham, center, and Tang Wensheng, left, chairperson of China's Soong Ching Ling Foundation, walk with Chinese officials upon arrival for a charity event in Beijing Monday, June 17, 2013. Retired Beckham donated his teams' jerseys he worn during his career and a Jaguar F-Type Sport car to the foundation to sell them for a charity in China. Beckham will be joined by his wife Victoria during his seven-day visit to China, and will attend a Chinese Super League soccer match as part of his role as ambassador to China's top league. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
  • Beckham donates Jag to charity Staff of China's Soong Ching Ling Foundation pose with the Jaguar F-Type sport car donated by David Beckham to raise money during a charity event in Beijing on Monday.