Earlier this week David Beckham formally announced that he was planning to retire from professional soccer at the end of the current season with his new team Paris Saint-Germain FC and yesterday, that season came to an end. Becks played professional soccer for the last time ever yesterday and then broken down in emotional tears when it was all said and done. With is family cheering for him in the stands and his teammates ready to pounce on him in celebration, Becks let the tears flow as he said goodbye to his 22 year career in soccer. Click below to see a few photos from David Beckham‘s final professional soccer game and maybe shed a tear or two for the retiring soccer superstar.
He broke hearts up and down the country last week as he announced his retirement from football. And David Beckham proved just how much his career had meant to him on Saturday as he broke down in tears after playing his last ever professional game. Coming off the pitch after captaining Paris St Germain during their final home game, the 38-year-old started crying as wife Victoria and children Romeo, Brooklyn, Cruz and Harper watched on. The footballing superstar ended his 22-year-career on a high as he was tossed into the air by his teammates, before being joined on the pitch by his three sons. David was given a standing ovation by players and fans from both sides as he was substituted in the second half and the match was stopped as PSG players surrounded him and hugged the former England captain as he walked off.
Fashion designer Victoria jetted into Paris from London with her four children the day before, and took pride of place in the stands as she watched her husband play for the last time. Speaking after the match, David said that he was looking forward to spending a few months off with his family, but stayed tight-lipped about what he would be doing after that. Addressing PSG fans after collecting a winners medal, Beckham said: ‘I want to say thank you to everybody in Paris – to my team-mates, to the staff, to the fans. It’s been very special to finish my career here. It could not have been any more special. I just feel that it’s the right time [to retire]. I feel that I’ve achieved everything that I could in my career. I wanted to go out as a champion. I’ve finished my career in a team that has treated me like I’ve been here for 10 years. After 22 years of playing football I’m going to take a few months to enjoy time with my family.’ Beckham had looked emotional before the game, waving to the crowds and blowing kisses to his fans during the warm up for his final match. As his name was read out over the stadium’s speaker system, PSG fans gave out a huge cheer and continued to chant ‘Stay David, Stay’ throughout the match. It was initially thought Beckham would bow out in an away game next week, but he made it clear he wanted to finish his career in Paris.
Choosing to end his career at the final home game of the season was the right choice. It’s still kind of unreal to think that Becks is now retired from professional soccer. Even tho he will likely make a lot more money with his other business ventures off the soccer pitch, it is the game of soccer that truly is his life’s passion. I cannot even begin to imagine what this retirement means to Becks. He has proven to be a most excellent global ambassador for the sport and I have no doubt that he will continue to be that ambassador. But his days of playing professionally are over. Sigh. Now, a new chapter in David Beckham‘s life will begin. It’ll be fun to see where life’s journey takes him next as he says goodbye to professional soccer forever.