Soccer's Most Popular Player Set to Retire

Soccer's Most Popular Player Set to Retire

May 16, 2013 Updated May 16, 2013 at 3:20 PM CDT

The world's most popular soccer player is calling it quits.

International soccer star David Beckham announced Thursday that the plans to retire from soccer at the end of the season.

"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," Beckham said in a statement.

Beckham, who has been playing for Paris Saint-Germain since January, will conclude a 20-year career that includes plenty of notable achievements, including six Premier League tites with Manchester United and a Champions League title.

Beckham made his name in Europe, playing key roles for powerhouse clubs Manchester United (1992-2003) and Real Madrid (2003-07) before becoming the first major European star to leave for the United States and Major League Soccer.

Beckham played for the Los Angeles Galaxy from 2007-2012, a move that boosted the professional league and provided a jolt to the sport in the United States.

During Beckham's five seasons with the Galaxy the team enoyed success winning xxx MLS titles.

But the number of MLS teams increased from 12 to 19 during Beckham's time in the U.S. and regular-season attendance also increased after his arrival to MLS.

 

REACTION TO BECKHAM'S RETIREMENT

From The Guardian: So long David Beckham; and a Special act to follow

From The Telegraph: David Beckham will not be remembered as the best English footballer of all time but he is the most famous

From Yahoo! Sports: David Beckham, a true one of a kind, retires

From Sports Illustrated: It made sense for the underrrated David Beckham to retire now

 

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Related External Content

View David Beckham's Wikipedia page HERE.