David Beckham retires

David Beckham, 38, has announced his retirement from soccer.

David Beckham feels it’s the “right time” to retire from playing soccer.

The former England captain has announced his intention to hang up his boots. In January, David signed a five-month deal with French club Paris Saint-Germain and had donated his impressive salary to charity. Sky News reports that the 38-year-old star is now expected to play one final game at the weekend.

“I am thankful to Paris Saint-Germain for giving me the opportunity to continue, but I feel now is the right time to finish my career playing at the highest level,” he said today. “If you told me as a young boy that I would have played for, and won trophies with, my boyhood club Manchester United, proudly captained and played for my country over 100 times and lined up for some of the biggest clubs in the world, I would have told you it was a fantasy. I am fortunate to have realised those dreams.”

David collected 115 caps for his country and won league titles playing in four different countries throughout his career, most recently with Paris Saint-Germain.

It was recently reported that the club had offered him a new one-year deal and were hopeful the athlete would stay on with them in some capacity.

“We will see what David wants to do. We would like to see him go on with us,” owner Nasser Al Khelaifi said.

“He is a man of great quality and if he decides not to go on as a player, I hope he remains with us in another role.”

“Having him among us, on the pitch or off the pitch, is very important. It’s up to him.”

David left Los Angeles Galaxy last year, and moved to the UK with his wife Victoria Beckham and their four children. He has been dividing his time this year between Paris and London, where his family are based.
Copyright: Cover Media 2013

Thursday, 16. May 2013