Former England captain calls time on playing career.
Former England captain David Beckham has revealed he will call time on his glittering playing career at the end of the season, according to Sky Sports.
The 38-year-old, currently at Ligue 1 champions PSG, became a world superstar playing for Manchester United, Real Madrid, AC Milan and LA Galaxy in a memorable club career, and also captained England at international level, gaining a reputation for his exceptional free-kick taking ability.
Beckham, whose latest title triumph with PSG means he is the first English player to win titles in four different countries, released the following statement on his decision to retire from the game:
“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 realised those dreams.”
It was thought that Beckham would continue playing for one more season, but the midfielder may now be offered a coaching role by PSG.
He joins some other big names who will retire at the end of the season. Paul Scholes, his old team-mate at Manchester United will play his final game as a professional this weekend, as will Liverpool’s long-serving defender Jamie Carragher. Most notably, legendary United manager Sir Alex Ferguson will also be stepping down this summer after 26 years at Old Trafford.