Beckham: 'Money Is Killing Sport'
Soccer megastar David Beckham has blasted the game's bosses - for rewarding young footballers with huge pay packets before they have made it in the game.
The England international - who currently plays for Los Angeles Galaxy - and his former Spice Girl wife Victoria are estimated to be worth $205 million (GBP125 million).
Beckham made his fortune at top British club Manchester United and legendary Spanish side Real Madrid.
But he insists the big money deals flooding soccer will ruin the game - because young players are no longer hungry to succeed.
He says, "It used to be that when you got into the first team then the rewards would come, whereas young kids these days are earning so much money at such a young age.
"You want that hunger there, you want the hunger to be rewarded. Unfortunately, that's not the case these days. They can all afford to buy their own cars. That's the bad part - to have that at such a young age."