DAVID Beckham has signed a £180million deal with Qatar to sponsor his new football club Inter Miami.
The massive tie-up follows weeks of secret talks with the controversial Arab state.
A source said: “This deal wipes the floor with previous sponsorship deals.
“Becks and his agent David Gardner have been incredibly hands-on, determined to get the best terms possible.
“Qatar is keen to drive investments overseas to improve and soften its image.
“Miami and the Beckham brand fits perfectly with this.”
The deal, signed two weeks ago, will see the Qatar name emblazoned on the stadium, kit and merchandising.
Inter Miami makes its MLS debut on March 1.
Qatar Foundation sponsored Spanish giants Barcelona for two seasons.
The Middle East state has been slammed for ignoring allegations of human rights abuses and corruption.
Homosexuality is also illegal there.
But sources say Becks, 44, was assured that the country is relaxing its stance on such issues.
The ex-England skipper has backed Qatar hosting the 2022 World Cup.
And he recently posted a selfie with Nasser al-Khelaifi, chairman of Qatar Sports Investments.
Al-Khelaifi has said “David Beckham goes beyond the sport.
“He is an ambassador, a brand, an example to others.”
Becks’ spokesman did not comment.