David Beckham will retire after his season ends with Paris Saint-Germain of France’s Ligue 1. The 38-year-old joined the club in January with a five-month contract and he’s now ready to retire a champion.
PSG went on to clinch the Ligue 1 title earlier this week after rival Marseille failed to make up any ground. The French club’s title was celebrated with a parade in the streets of Paris that came to an abrupt end as a riot broke out.
The riot kept celebrations to a minimum, but Beckham’s had plenty of time to celebrate throughout his career which began at Manchester United. During his time with the Red Devils, Beckham won six Premier League championships, two F.A. Cup titles, and he was also won the Champions League with the club during the 1998-99 season.
He left United in 2003 to make a move to the Spanish powerhouse in Real Madrid of La Liga. He spent four seasons with the club, winning his only La Liga title in 2006-07.
David Beckham will retire as one of the best travelling footballers in the world, as he left Madrid in 2007 to “cross the pond” and join the Los Angeles Galaxy of the MLS. Though he was sent off on loan to A.C. Milan on two separate occasions, Beckham won three MLS championships and was named the Best MLS Player in 2011 at the ESPY Awards.
His career will now come to an end after his short outing with PSG that was capped off with his first French title. The once captain of England’s national team has too many achievements to count as he now leaves the game while going out on top.
“I feel now is the right time to finish my career, playing at the highest level,” Beckham said in a statement to the Associated Press.
He will now go down as one of the greatest English footballers of all-time as his illustrious career made him a worldwide star. Do you believe David Beckham’s decision to retire was the right one?
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