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David Beckham to retire from football at end of season

Former England captain David Beckham is to retire at the end of this season after an illustrious 20-year career.

The 38-year-old signed a five-month deal at Paris St-Germain in January.

Beckham made 115 appearances for England and 394 for Manchester United, winning six Premier League titles and the Champions League.

"I'm thankful to PSG for giving me the opportunity to continue but I feel now is the right time to finish my career, playing at the highest level," he said.

PSG have two more games before the end of the season, at home against Brest on Saturday and away to Lorient on 26 May.

Beckham, who donates his salary with the newly crowned French champions to charity, has made 13 appearances since moving to Paris.

He's been a fantastic ambassador for football and sport. What he has achieved has been remarkable. Whatever he goes on to do I'm sure he will achieve a lot

Lee SharpeEx-Man Utd midfielder and former team-mate

The Leytonstone-born midfielder has played for United, Real Madrid, LA Galaxy, AC Milan and PSG, lifting 19 trophies including 10 league titles.

He is the only English player to win championships in four countries.

"If you had told me as a young boy I would have played for and won trophies with my boyhood club Manchester United, proudly captained and played for my country over 100 times and lined up for some of the biggest clubs in the world, I would have told you it was a fantasy," he said.

"I'm fortunate to have realised those dreams."

Beckham moved to Real Madrid in 2003, winning La Liga with them in 2007 before a switch to the United States with LA Galaxy.

The midfielder made his England debut against Moldova in 1996 and captained the side from 2000 to 2006, making his 115th and final England appearance in a 3-0 win over Belarus in 2009.

Beckham's club football career
  • 1992-2003: Manchester United (265 apps, 62 goals)
  • 1994-1995: Preston North End (loan) (five apps, two goals)
  • 2003-2007: Real Madrid (116 apps, 13 goals)
  • 2007-2012: Los Angeles Galaxy (115 apps, 18 goals)
  • 2009-2010: Loan spells at AC Milan (29 apps, two goals)
  • 2013: Paris St-Germain (nine apps, no goals)

"To this day, one of my proudest achievements is captaining my country. I knew every time I wore the Three Lions shirt, I was not only following in a long line of great players, I was also representing every fan that cared passionately about their country," said Beckham.

Beckham was the first English player to score at three consecutive World Cup finals and has the joint-second most goal assists in European Championship finals history.

In March 2013, he became the first sportsman from outside of China to be invited to become the ambassador for the sportin the country

"Nothing will ever completely replace playing the game I love," Beckham added. "However, I feel like I'm starting a new adventure and I'm genuinely excited about what lies ahead.

"I'm fortunate to have been given many opportunities throughout my career and now I feel it's my time to give back.

"I wouldn't have achieved what I have done today without my family. I'm grateful for my parents' sacrifice, which made me realise my dreams.

"I owe everything to Victoria and the kids, who have given me the inspiration and support to play at the highest level for such a long period."

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I can remember when he broke onto the scene. It is indeed the end of an era; it makes you wonder with all these quality England players retiring from international football or hanging up their boots recently (Ferdinand, Scholes, Owen, Beckham etc) how the bloody hell we never won a damn thing on the international stage. Look at the england team today compared to 2004, 2006 etc, they arent in the same league!

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I can remember when he broke onto the scene. It is indeed the end of an era; it makes you wonder with all these quality England players retiring from international football or hanging up their boots recently (Ferdinand, Scholes, Owen, Beckham etc) how the bloody hell we never won a damn thing on the international stage. Look at the england team today compared to 2004, 2006 etc, they arent in the same league!

 

The golden generation were good but they weren't good enough to win a world cup.

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I actually think Beckham was slightly overrated myself. He could shoot and cross a ball but he didn't have a lot else going for him except a pretty face.

 

I certainly wouldn't rate him up there with former greats like Booby Moore, Jimmy Greaves, Bobby Charlton, Bryan Robson and Gazza

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I can remember when he broke onto the scene. It is indeed the end of an era; it makes you wonder with all these quality England players retiring from international football or hanging up their boots recently (Ferdinand, Scholes, Owen, Beckham etc) how the bloody hell we never won a damn thing on the international stage. Look at the england team today compared to 2004, 2006 etc, they arent in the same league!

 

The golden generation were good but they weren't good enough to win a world cup.

 

They should have done better than quarter-finals every 2 years though.

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I can remember when he broke onto the scene. It is indeed the end of an era; it makes you wonder with all these quality England players retiring from international football or hanging up their boots recently (Ferdinand, Scholes, Owen, Beckham etc) how the bloody hell we never won a damn thing on the international stage. Look at the england team today compared to 2004, 2006 etc, they arent in the same league!

 

The golden generation were good but they weren't good enough to win a world cup.

 

They should have done better than quarter-finals every 2 years though.

 

 

Don't know maybe that was their level.

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I actually think Beckham was slightly overrated myself. He could shoot and cross a ball but he didn't have a lot else going for him except a pretty face.

 

I certainly wouldn't rate him up there with former greats like Booby Moore, Jimmy Greaves, Bobby Charlton, Bryan Robson and Gazza

 

He wasn't blessed with any pace but he was still a brilliant player.  He could do in half a yard what it took a lot of wingers 5 runs to the bye-line to do - deliver a decent cross.  He didn't need pace, he was almost a geometric genius with his precision.

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Great ambassador for the game. Probably the most famous player ever, only rivaled by Pele. On his day, a fantastic player. Also seems like a decent guy. Some dodgy personal life things, but nothing criminal, so who cares.

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What a goal.

 

The commentary on that is so blatantly post-recorded. You'd be going absolutely batshit crazy if you were an English commentator and that went in.

 

Anyway, gonna miss Beckham. Complete legend of the game.

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