Goldenballs, the former England captain, has agreed to become the country’s ambassador for the next ten years for a fee of £15 million each year.
The country’s human rights record, particularly its treatment of women and homosexual people, has sparked intense debate.
Fans, on the other hand, were told that they would be secure and that rainbow flags, the LGBTQ community’s symbol, would be allowed to be displayed at stadiums.
Homosexuality is prohibited, but the law’s application — which is the same in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi — has become increasingly flexible. A increasing female presence in government was also brought to David’s attention.
Before signing, he sought advice from his wife Victoria, 47, whose musical band The Spice Girls famously sang about “female power.”
“David believes in Qatar’s dedication to growth and that the World Cup — the first to be staged in the Arab world — can bring about substantial positive change,” a source said yesterday.
“He is a firm believer in football’s ability to transcend divides, but he has also witnessed improvement on important topics.”
David, who has maintained ties to Qatar since his time with Paris Saint-Germain, will promote tourism and culture.
“By signing David, the goal is that more foreigners will be inspired to visit its magnificent beaches, wide sand dunes, and spectacular skyscrapers,” the insider continued.
“David has always talked about football’s power as a force for good on many levels,” a spokesman for David stated.
“As we come closer to the World Cup 2022, he’ll join the rest of the football community in preparing for what he believes will be a fantastic tournament.”