David Beckham happy to go out with a bang
Just days after winning the Ligue 1 title with Paris Saint-Germain, David Beckham has called time on his playing career, with the 38-year-old feeling that the time is right to hang up his boots.
May 17th, 2013
It has been a long and successful career for Beckham, who started out at Manchester United and spent a decade at Old Trafford before subsequent moves to Real Madrid, LA Galaxy, AC Milan and PSG.
The midfielder also won 115 international caps for England and captained the Three Lions on several occasions, scoring several important goals including the free-kick against Greece which ensured they reached the 2002 World Cup finals.
“Over the years, when I’ve seen players retire, when you ask them about it, they always say you’ll know when you’re ready. I think I’m ready,” he said. “It’s a difficult decision, because I still feel that I can play at the top level, and still have done for the last six months.
“But I always secretly said to myself that I want to go out at the top. And if you’d have said to me eight months ago I’d be playing in the French league, winning the French Cup – winning the league – and finishing like this, I would have probably said, absolutely no chance. But I was given the opportunity to come to PSG and I just feel now is the right time.
“I love the game so much. I just feel that … I don’t know. It’s the right time. I believe it’s the right time. But I’ll always feel that I can do more, that’s the problem.”
Beckham will retire having won 19 major trophies and that includes league titles in four different countries and the Champions League. He is also the only England player to score at three World Cups.