David Beckham Announces Retirement
(CNN) — David Beckham, one of the most iconic soccer stars of his generation, has announced his retirement.
His decision comes days after the 38-year-old won his latest title with French club Paris Saint-Germain.
Beckham, who won the Champions League with Manchester United in 1999, also won league titles with Real Madrid, AC Milan and Los Angeles Galaxy before arriving in the French capital earlier this year.
The midfielder won 115 caps for England and is married to former Spice Girl and fashion designer, Victoria, He is estimated to be the country’s wealthiest sportsman.
“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,” said Beckham in a statement.
“I’m fortunate to have realized those dreams.”
Despite the glittering career with some of the world’s top clubs, Beckham singled out captaining his country as one of his “proudest achievements.”
“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 honoured to represent England both on and off the pitch. 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.”
Champions PSG’s last two games are against Brest at the Parc des Princes on Saturday and at Lorient next Sunday.