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Million-dollar-a-week move to America 周薪百万 加盟美国
Soccer star David Beckham
The million-dollar man
The world's most famous footballer, David Beckham, is leaving his club, Real Madrid, to sign for the American side, LA Galaxy. Some reports say he'll earn about a million dollars a week, which will make him the world’s third highest-earning sports star.

But why has the former England captain decided to leave the most high-profile club in the world to play in a country where football, or soccer as Americans call it, isn't popular? Beckham says he relishes the challenge of playing in the USA and wants to build a bridge between America and the rest of the sporting world by making football a major sport. He's already set up a soccer academy for children in Los Angeles to help promote the game.

Some football pundits have been surprised by Beckham's decision saying it effectively means the end of his career as a serious footballer. But others, such as the former Manchester United and England player, Sir Bobby Charlton, think it was predictable. He says "it seems it was on the cards that at some time in his career that he would finish up in that sort of position in Hollywood." David Beckham and his pop-star wife, Victoria, like the Hollywood lifestyle. And, of course, there's his huge pay packet, which will be made up by his salary, sponsorship contracts, and a share of his new club’s profits.

Others think that David Beckham decided to move because he's been unhappy at Real Madrid. He hasn't won any major trophies during his four-year stint there and he seems to have fallen out of favour with the manager, Fabio Capello: Beckham has spent most of the season on the bench.

But Beckham has no regrets about his time in Madrid. He said that playing with the likes of Zinedine Zidane, from France, and Ronaldo, from Brazil, has been the biggest honour in his career.

David Beckham’s already played for two of the biggest clubs in the world: Manchester United and Real Madrid. He's been the captain of England and now he could become one of the richest athletes in history. If he manages to conquer America then, some say, he'll be the most popular British export since the Beatles.

 

 

GLOSSARY 词汇表 
to sign
签约

former
前任

soccer
英式足球

build a bridge
搭建桥梁

promote
推广

on the cards
可能

sponsorship contracts
赞助合约

fallen out of favour
失宠

stint
期间

the biggest honour
最大荣誉

highest-earning
最高收入

high-profile
引人注目的

relishes the challenge
迎接挑战

set up
建立

pundits
权威人士, 专家

Hollywood lifestyle
好莱坞生活方式

a share of
分红, 享有其中一份

on the bench
坐冷板凳

the likes of
象…这样的人

to conquer
征服

Translation:

1. The world's most famous footballer, David Beckham, is leaving his club, Real Madrid, to sign for the American side, LA Galaxy.

2. David Beckham and his pop-star wife, Victoria, like the Hollywood lifestyle. And, of course, there's his huge pay packet, which will be made up by his salary, sponsorship contracts, and a share of his new club’s profits.

3. Beckham says he relishes the challenge of playing in the USA and wants to build a bridge between America and the rest of the sporting world by making football a major sport.

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