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David Beckham has reportedly struck another big-money deal as part of his run at this year’s World Cup in Qatar.
The former footballer bagged a seven-figure deal from sponsor Doritos to appear in TV and print ads during the tournament in November, after previously signing a controversial £10m deal to be the face of the country’s tourism board.
According to The sunDavid will appear in the commercials alongside NFL star Peyton Manning, where the two joke about the two different kinds of “football.”
Cashing in: David Beckham has reportedly signed a seven-figure deal with Doritos, the sponsors of the controversial Qatar World Cup
A source who said the promo has already been filmed said: “This is a mega-money campaign for two of the world’s most famous athletes, centered around the biggest tournament on the planet.
“It’s huge money for both of them – but presenting anything with a Qatari connection will always have an element of controversy.”
MailOnline has contacted David Beckham’s representatives for comment.
Controversy: Ex-footballer signs controversial £10million deal to face tourism board for Gulf state where gays are persecuted and misogyny rife
David’s involvement in the 2022 World Cup promotions has been embroiled in controversy since he signed a £10million deal to be the face of the tournament and host nation Qatar.
Until appearing in a promotional video last month, Beckham had not acknowledged the controversial contract to promote the Gulf state, where gays are persecuted and misogyny is rife.
It is still illegal for people to be gay in Qatar, and women face discrimination from a male guardianship system that forces them to seek approval to marry, study or travel.
Speaking: The former footballer insisted his involvement in Qatar is an opportunity to bring about change from within and ‘use football as a force for good’
More than 6,500 migrant workers died there while building the infrastructure for the tournament, the Guardian reported, citing official figures.
The former footballer insisted that his involvement in Qatar was an opportunity to spark change from within and “use football as a force for good”.
Qatar Tourism Chairman and Qatar Airways Group CEO Akbar Al Baker said: “It was a pleasure to welcome David to Qatar, where he immersed himself in the culture and experienced first-hand the warm hospitality of the people.
“I encourage the millions who pass through Qatar each year to follow in David’s footsteps and create their own exciting adventures and memories.
“We have something for everyone at incredible value, whether it’s sun, sea, sand, rich heritage and culture, surprising scenery or a modern and fun city break.”
Controversy: The Mail on Sunday exposed Beckham’s deal with Qatar last February, sparking the ire of critics
The Mail on Sunday revealed Beckham’s deal with Qatar last February, which drew the ire of critics.
At the time, Amnesty said: “We would urge him to learn about the deeply troubling human rights situation in Qatar and be prepared to speak about it.”
Those close to Beckham say he was “upset and humiliated” when he was convicted of the controversial deal.
They told the Mail: “It is not surprising that David Beckham wants to take part in such a major football event, but we would urge him to learn about the deeply worrying human rights situation in Qatar and be prepared to speak out about it.
“Qatar’s human rights record is troubling, from the country’s long-standing mistreatment of migrant workers to restrictions on freedom of speech and the criminalization of same-sex relationships.
“David Beckham needs to use his unique global profile to keep the world’s focus on human rights issues around matches, not just playing on the pitch.”
The FIFA World Cup takes place from November 21 to December 18 and is the first to be held in the Arab world.
Beckham was widely praised for helping to address the stigma endured by gay sportsmen and women by agreeing to appear on the cover of Attitude in 2002.
Upsetting: Those close to Beckham say he was ‘confused and humiliated’ when convicted over controversial deal