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Beckham donates Jag to charity

Easily closing in on 'best soccer ambassador ever' status

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.