David Beckham retires from Football

David Beckham retires from Football

Former England captain David Beckham has announced that he is to retire from professional football. (Getty Images)

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

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