Back in November, after he helped the LA Galaxy win the MLS Championship title, David Beckham announced he was leaving the US to play professional soccer in Europe. In January, Becks announced that he signed a new 5-month contract to play professionally for the Paris Saint-Germain football club. Today, Becks has announced that he is retiring for good from professional soccer at the end of his 5-month contract … which comes to an end in 2 weeks. Yep, Beckham is retiring.
Former England captain David Beckham is to retire at the end of the season. The 38-year-old signed a five-month deal at Paris St-Germain in January and donated all of his salary to charity. 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. Including PSG’s recent Ligue 1 title win, Beckham has won 19 trophies – 10 of them league titles – in a playing career spanning 20 years, and 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” … 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. “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, Beckham became the first sportsman from outside of China to be invited to become the ambassador for the sport in the country. He added: “Nothing will ever completely replace playing the game I love. 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.” He has two more games to go before the end of the season, concluding on 26 May at Lorient.
Sigh. I knew it. When Becks announced that he was leaving the LA Galaxy last year, I had a feeling he was lookin’ to sign up with an European team for one more season so he could retire while attached to a major international team. I had a strong feeling that he would retire at some point this year. It’s kind of sad to think that Becks is leaving soccer but, like with all good things, his amazing professional soccer career had to come to an end sometime. Becks has pledged to remain a worldwide ambassador for the sport so he won’t be leaving the world of soccer entirely.
And, I’m pretty sure we can look forward to many more years of Becks as an underwear model so … all is not lost.
Let’s send our love and congrats to David Beckham on his very successful career in soccer and wish him all the best for a bright future of other endeavors. I’m talking underwear modeling shoots, Becks, don’t you dare ever retire from making those :D