Ligue 1 has certainly gained more audience across Europe over the past two years mainly because of the emergence of PSG under Qatari businessman Nasser Al-Khelaifi and the likes of Joe Cole, lavezzi, Javier Pastore, Joey Barton entering the Fashion capital. This year a whole new brand of super stars were drafted to the French League and the latest superstar to enter Ligue 1 is David Beckham, who completed the switch from LA Galazy during the January window. Beckham will play alongside Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva who were brought in at the start of the season.
The Former England captain is all set to make his debut for PSG this Sunday when they host Joey Barton’s Marseille and the French media has already started hyping it with a sensational cover photo where Barton is portrayed as a devil and Beckham as an angel. A well planned strategy to use the stars as a bait to gain attention.
Joey Barton for his part stirred up things as he claimed the former England International will not pose much threat when Marseille travel to Parc de Princes this Sunday. However, Joey also makes some interesting observations on the differences between playing in England and France. He does not say, as others have suggested anything disrespectful about Becks.
“I think David would accept that it’s okay to say that he is past his prime.” However, we should also accept that David probably still has the quality to hit a dead ball and crosses as good as almost anyone in the game. His stats on assists throughout his career must be incredible. His long shots are also decent and he will need to be watched.[youtube width="500" height="300"]9yMfR3tGeZ0[/youtube]
For once the man has talked sensibly, but knowing Barton – expect some studs up challenges on the pitch!