David Beckham announces retirement
Soccer star David Beckham has just announced his retirement, Beckham who is 38 has endured a successful career that many players only dream of. Beckham who will end his career with Paris St.-Germain, along with adding a French league championship to his already impressive resume. Beckham has already won league championships with Manchester United, Real Madrid and the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Also, Beckham has had 115 appearances for England (a record for any outfield player) and has captained the England squad. David has had the opportunity to represent his country in three World Cups (1998, 2002, 2006) and due to David tearing his Achilles tendon he missed the opportunity to play for his country for a fourth time.
David Beckham rose to fame playing for Manchester United where he won six Premier League titles, two F.A. Cups and the 1999 Champions League title. Afterwards Beckham signed with Spain’s super club Real Madrid in a $45 million transfer in the summer of 2003.
In 2007, Beckham made the move to the Los Angeles Galaxy where he helped lift the profile of soccer in the United States as well as help the LA Galaxy get back to championship form.
David Beckham stands today to retire as the only player to have won championships in four different countries.
Paris St.-Germain were ready to bring Beckham back for another season but now the team due to David’s announcement will see David play in just two more matches as the season nears an end.
As for life after soccer, Beckham has been offered to join Coach Fabio Capello’s staff as a liaison between the coaches and the players. Beckham has also expressed interest in owning a Major League Soccer team in the United States.
David Beckham posted this statement on Facebook:
“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. 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.
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. I’m honored to represent England both on and off the pitch.
I wouldn’t have achieved what I have done today without my family. I’m grateful for my parents’ sacrifice, which made me realize my dreams. I owe everything to Victoria and the kids, who have given me the inspiration and support to play at the highest level for such a long period. I also want to thank Simon Fuller and his team for their continued support.
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.
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.”