British soccer player David Beckham at the Qingdao Tiantai Stadium in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province, March 22, 2013. Beckham visited Qingdao Jonoon Soccer Club as the ambassador for the youth football program in China and the Chinese Super League Friday.
David Beckham played tribute to Qingdao on his five-day ambassadorial visit to China.
The former England captain, who was sporting a Breitling Transocean watch, has vowed to promote football in China over a long period of time, and make it one of the most popular leagues in the world.
'Thank you for having me in your wonderful city', wrote Beckham after being mobbed upon his arrival in Qingdao.
'I want people to realise this is not a short-term project.
'It is something that we are very passionate about changing the mentality of the league and bringing youngsters through and making this league as popular as some of the big leagues in the world.'
Beckham continued: 'I've always been a fan of Chinese football because I think the players are very talented and they are very passionate.
'When you see the excitement throughout this country when the team has done well you see how important it is to people. I am excited to make a difference.'