David Beckham retires from Football
- Updated: May 17, 2013
Football superstar David Beckham has officially announced his retirement after 20-year career in professional football.
According to BBC, the former England captain will effectively be retiring at the end of the season with the Paris St-Germain.
The 38-year-old midfielder will ending a illustrous professional career that saw him play for Manchester United, Preston North End, Real Madrid, Milan, Los Angeles Galaxy, and the England national team.
He recently won the French Ligue 1 championship with Paris Saint-Germain, becoming the first English player to win League titles in four countries.
“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, in comments reported by the BBC.
Beckham earned 115 caps for England, a record for an outfield player, and won the Champions League, six Premier League titles and two FA Cups with Manchester United.
Beckham’s club football career
- 1992-2003: Manchester United (356 apps, 85 goals)
- 1994-1995: Preston North End (loan) (five apps, two goals)
- 2003-2007: Real Madrid (157 apps, 19 goals)
- 2007-2012: Los Angeles Galaxy (118 apps, 20 goals)
- 2009-2010: Loan spells at AC Milan (33 apps, two goals)
- 2013: Paris St-Germain (13 apps, no goals)
Just recently, Beckham landed on the top spot of Sports Illustrated’s annual list of highest-paid athletes worldwide, The International 20, for earning more than $48 million.
In December 2011, Beckham led the LA Galaxy squad in an exhibition friendly match with the Philippine Azkals.
They defeated PH’s Azkals, 6-1, but at the same time won the hearts of Filipino football aficionados at the Rizal Memorial Stadium. — ABS-CBNNews.com with reports from Agence France-Presse and Reuters