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By ESPN Staff
Jan 12, 2007

Beckham admits pay packet is an 'amazing' sum

David Beckham today admitted the £128million he will get to move to the United States was a 'huge' and 'amazing' sum.

But the former England captain insisted he was not heading to LA Galaxy for the money, but to be 'part of history'.

The 31-year-old Beckham will move from Real Madrid in the summer.

'Of course it's a huge amount of money... it's an amazing amount of money,' Beckham told ABC News' Good Morning America.

He added: 'I said yesterday and some people laughed at me, but this move for me is not about the money, it's about hopefully making a difference in the US with the soccer and that's what I'm going there for.

'I'm going for the life of course, for my kids to enjoy it and my wife to enjoy it, but the main thing for me is to improve the soccer and to improve the standard and to be part of history really.'

The five-year deal will see Beckham earn more than £70,000 a day - more than any player has ever earned.

Experts believe it will also help protect Beckham's status as a global marketing brand.

Beckham added: 'I think soccer can be a lot bigger in the US. From a young age kids are brought up with soccer - they're brought up with soccer to a certain age and then they seem to go into other areas.

'Hopefully that's what I'll be there for, to pass my experience on to them.'

Asked if the money would enable him to buy anything he could not afford before, Beckham said: 'I'm sure there'll be many things but my wife controls that side.

'We'll enjoy that side.'

He said there would 'plenty of opportunities' for Victoria but added she was currently content working on her fashion line rather than thinking about restarting a career in musical.

'On the singing side I think Victoria's happy doing what she's doing at the moment,' said the former Manchester United star. She's got her own fashion line with the jeans and the sunglasses and the perfumes.

'I'm sure there'll be plenty of other opportunities for her but she's just happy doing what she's doing at the moment and also being a mum.'

Beckham insisted he was not claiming soccer could be as big as sports like basketball, American football and baseball.

'But I think there's a huge improvement to be made and if I can be part of that then I want to be,' he said. 'I know that I will enjoy it and that I and my family will enjoy living in LA.'

He added: 'Moving there as a family is a thing for us, it's a big plus. We've spent four years in Spain, and lived in England before that.

'Now we're moving to a totally different country with a different culture, a culture we will embrace and we're looking forward to it.'

Beckham said he had long admired America as an 'amazing' and 'very passionate' country.

'I can't wait,' he said, adding it was a 'huge challenge'.