David Beckham, Ambassador for Chinese Soccer

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Dennis Rodman isn’t the only sports star turning up in odd places and offering endorsements. David Beckham, the 37-year-old English soccer star, has just signed on to become an ambassador for Chinese soccer (called football outside the U.S.). His role will include attending matches in China and lending his star power to help make the game popular among Chinese youth, the BBC reports. “I’m excited by the prospect of promoting the world’s greatest game to Chinese sports fans as I’ve seen firsthand the growing interest in football there,” Beckham said in a statement.

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