David Beckham to retire at end of season

  • English soccer star David Beckham announced on Thursday he is to retire at the end of this season.

    The 38-year-old former England captain currently plays for Paris St. Germain (PSG).

    In a statement, the midfielder 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.”

    "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,” he added.

    Beckham earned 115 caps for England , a record for an outfield player.

    In addition, he won the Champions League, six Premier League titles and two FA Cups with Manchester United.

    He also won the French league title with Paris St. Germain, along with titles with Real Madrid in Spain and LA Galaxy in the United States.

    Beckham began his career at Manchester United, making his first team appearance at the age of 17 in 1992.

    His marriage to former Spice Girls band member Victoria Adams cemented him as a celebrity off the pitch.

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