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David Beckham retires from professional football after glittering 20 year career

The 38-year-old, who holds 115 inter­national, has won league titles with Manchester United, Real Madrid and Paris-Saint Germain along with lifting the Champions League under Sir Alex Ferguson.

The former England captain was reportedly offered a one year contract extension at current club and French champions PSG but declined the offer.

Beckham said: "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 played a key role in helping to bring the Olympics to London, and it is believed he wants to retire to spend more time with his family and on his ambas­sado­rial role with charity Unicef.

The twice runner up for FIFA World Player of the Year also won titles with MLS side Los Angeles Galaxy and played for Italian giants AC Milan.

 

The expertly taken dead ball situation helped England secure a draw and passage through to the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

He added: "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.

"I'm fortunate to have realised those dreams."

Beckham won 19 trophies, including 10 league titles, and is the only English player to win a league title in four countries.

 

He joined Manchester United as a 14-year-old in 1991, and stayed with the club before moving to Spanish giants Real Madrid in 2003 in a £24.5 million transfer.

After winning the La Liga title with Madrid under the then future England manager Fabio Capello, he moved to LA to play in the Major League Soccer league to help raise the profile of football in the States.

His time in America involved loan stints to AC Milan, before he moved to French giants PSG during the January transfer window.

In an unpre­ced­ented move Beckham waived his salary and gave his entire pay packet to a local children's charity.

 

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