English legend David Beckham hangs up his boots
Only last week, the 38-year-old lifted the Ligue 1 title with the Paris Saint-Germain, which he joined during the winter transfer window this year. In a career that spans over 20 years, David Beckham has shown his magnificence in the Premier League, La Liga and MLS as well. Moreover, the Englishman has won League titles in all of these Leagues as well.
“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,” Beckham said in an official statement on Thursday.
“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 one hundred times and lined up for some of the biggest clubs in the world, I would have told you it was a fantasy. I'm fortunate to have realized those dreams.”
Beckham, who has capped in 115 games for England, also led The Three Lions in two World Cups. Beckham has also set the record of appearing the most times under an England shirt by breaking Sir Bobby Moore’s record for an outfield player.
“To this day, one of my proudest achievements is captaining my country,” Beckham said. “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.
“I'm honored to represent England both on and off the pitch... I want to thank all my team-mates, the great managers that I had the pleasure of learning from. I also want to thank the fans who have all supported me and given me the strength to succeed.”
Beckham kicked off his career with Manchester United after emerging from its Academy in 1992. The versatile winger spent 11 years at Man U where he won six Premier League titles and a Champions League in 1999.
After his heroics in England and a locker-room bust-up with Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, Beckham was shipped off to Real Madrid in 2003. He had to wait till his fourth season to win the League title in Spain. Unfortunately, Beckham’s days in the Primera Division weren’t met with a lot of silverware.
The Englishman stunned the world in 2007 by announcing he had decided to move to MLS in the United States, where he would play for Los Angeles Galaxy. Beckham’s turbulent campaign in United States saw hiim play on loan for AC Milan and then back for the Galaxy, repeatedly before moving to Paris Saint-Germain this year.