David Beckham to retire

  • Last Updated: May 16 2013, 17:58 BST

David Beckham will retire from football at the end of this season.

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  • Beckham celebrates the goal that took England to the 2002 World Cup. 

Former England captain Beckham, 38, will call it a day after winning the French title with Paris St Germain.

Beckham 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."

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"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.''

Beckham made his debut for Manchester United in 1992, winning six league titles and the Champions League before moving to Real Madrid and Los Angeles Galaxy, plus loan spells at AC Milan.

He made his England debut in 1996 and would go on to be the Three Lions' most capped outfield player with 115 appearances. He was the first English player to score in three consecutive World Cup finals tournaments.

Beckham said: "To this day, one of my proudest achievements is captaining my country.

"I knew every time I wore the Three Lions shirt, I was not only following in a long line of great players, I was also representing every fan that cared passionately about their country. I'm honoured to represent England both on and off the pitch.''

  • Beckham had one of the most rollercoaster England careers in the history of the game.
  • He made his first England appearance against Moldova in a World Cup 98 qualifier
  • He was subsequently called up to the squad for France '98.
  • Glen Hoddle publicly accused Beckham of not concentrating on the tournament.
  • In England's third game Becks scored from a free-kick as England beat Columbia 2-0
  • His darkest days began after Diego Simeone fouled Beckham when England met Argentina...
  • ...Beckham kicked out at Simeone and was sent-off by Danish referee Kim Milton Nielsen.
  • England crashed out and many supporters targeted Beckham on his return to domestic duties.
  • In Euro 2000 Becks received a bombardment of abuse from the England supporters.
  • After Kevin Keegan resigned as England manager, caretaker boss Peter Taylor made Beckham captain.
  • When England needed to win or draw against Greece to qualify for World Cup 2002...
  • ...Beckham turned from villian to hero. In second-half injury-time he unleashes an unstoppable free kick...
  • ...Cometh the hour, cometh the man.
  • Manchester United pair Sheringham and Beckham were both on target for England against Greece at Old Trafford.
  • Revenge was on the cards as England played Argentina in the World Cup group stages.
  • Beckham slammed home a penalty to send Argentina out.
  • England were knocked out of the tournament by eventual winners Brazil.
  • At Euro 2004 the old demons returned when Becks missed a penalty...
  • ...as England lost 2-1 to France
  • The quarter-final match against Portugal went to penalties...
  • ...and another penalty miss for Becks as his foot disappears into the turf...
  • ...and the ball balloons well over the crossbar.
  • Agony as the hosts take England's place in the semis.
  • Beckham was sent off against Austria in October 2005, the first England captain ever to be dismissed.
  • Beckham played in his third World Cup in 2006.
  • Against Trinidad and Tobago Becks floated a cross over for Crouch to head home in the 83rd minute.
  • Another trademark free kick handed England much needed help to beat Equador 1-0.
  • In the quarter-final match against Portugal Becks picks up an ankle injury...
  • ...as England were once again beaten on penalties.
  • A distraught Beckham announced he was stepping down as England captain.
  • Steve McClaren dropped Becks but it's not long before he made a comeback...
  • ...playing against Brazil at the new Wembley stadium.
  • Becks set up the two goals that beat Estonia in England's Euro 2008 qualifier.
  • He became the first ever England player to play for a non-European club when signing for LA Galaxy.
  • Despite his efforts against Croatia, England fail to qualify for the Euro 2008 finals.
  • After initially dropping Beckham over fitness concerns, Fabio Capello handed him a 100th cap in a friendly against France...
  • ...Beckham duly celebrated the occassion with a pair of golden boots.
  • In May 2008 he was officially awarded his 100th cap before the game with USA, receiving a standing ovation from the Wembley crowd.
  • Capello made Beckham captain for England's friendly with Trinidad and Tobago, the first time he'd worn the armband since stepping down as skipper.
  • On the 15th October 2008 an 87th minute appearance against Belarus in England's  2010 World Cup qualifier marks Beckham's 107th cap.
  • During the MLS close season Beckham went on-loan to AC Milan to offer the England centurion a prayer in beating Bobby Moore's record of 108 caps.
  • David Beckham trains in Seville ahead of England's friendly with Spain where receives his 108th cap, equalling Bobby Moore's record.
  • Beckham watches the first half of the Spain game from the bench...
  • ...before coming on at the break to equal Bobby Moore's record.
  • Beckham broke Bobby Moore's outfield record with his 109th cap against Slovakia at Wembley.
  • In the match against Slovakia; Beckham supplied the cross for Rooney who netted England's second in a 4-0 victory.
  • When it looked like Beckham would feature in a record breaking fourth World Cup, he suffered a ruptured achilles tendon during Milan's 1-0 win over Chievo.
  • Becks was invited to join the squad in South Africa as part of the backroom staff, but many questioned his role within the camp.
  • Following an appalling World Cup, Capello decided the midfielder was too old to feature for his country as they looked to blood new talent.
  • Beckham won 115 caps for England since making his debut in 1996 against Moldova.
A look at David Beckham's international career as he announces his retirement from football.

Beckham won the Primera Division title in his final season in Spain and the US Major League Soccer championship twice.

He added: "I wouldn't have achieved what I have done today without my family. I'm grateful for my parents' sacrifice, which made me realise my dreams. I owe everything to Victoria and the kids, who have given me the inspiration and support to play at the highest level for such a long period. I also want to thank Simon Fuller and his team for their continued support.

"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.''

  • David Beckham has called time on a 21-year career, which began at Manchester United and will end at PSG, via stops at Real Madrid, LA Galaxy and AC Milan.
  • Beckham scored his first Manchester United goal in a 4-0 win over Galatasaray in the Champions League in 1994.
  • Beckham made his United debut in 1993 as a substitute in a League Cup match against Brighton.
  • Beckham won the first of his six Premier League titles in 1996
  • Beckham strated the 96-97 season in fine style with a goal from the halfway line against Wimbleon on the opening day.
  • Beckham finished the season with another title medal on the PFA Young Player of the Year award.
  • Beckham was adored by United fans but suffered vitriolic abuse at away grounds after his red card at the 1998 World Cup
  • Beckham was sent off for kicking Diego Simeone, who he met again the following season when United faced Inter Milan in the Champions League.
  • Beckham played a huge role in the historic 1998-99 Treble-winning season, opening the scoring in the famous FA Cup semi-final replay against Arsenal.
  • Beckham also scored in the win over Spurs that clinched the title before helping United beat Newcastle in the FA Cup final a week later.
  • Beckham then had a hand in both goals as United staged a stunning comeback to beat Bayern Munich in the Champions League final.
  • It was Beckham's corner which was flicked on by Teddy Sheringham for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to score the dramtic winner in the Nou Camp.
  • Beckham, by now, was one of the most famous faces in Britain, thanks largely to his marriage to Posh Spice.
  • Beckham also suffered injury heartbreak during his career, with this injury almost depriving him of the chance to play at the 2002 World Cup.
  • Beckham's final season at Old Trafford saw the Red Devils suffer a defeat to Liverpool in the Worthington Cup final.
  • Beckham was famously on the receiving end of a boot kicked by Sir Alex Ferguson after an FA Cup defeat to Arsenal
  • Beckham was on the bench when Real Madrid knocked United out of the Champions League, though his two goals certainly impressed the Spaniards.
  • Beckham signed a four-year contract at Real Madrid in June 2003 for a fee of ¿35million
  • Beckham was one of the 'Galacticos' but the England midfielder had to wait until his final season to win the Primera Division title.
  • Beckham celebrated his final game at the Bernabeu by clinching the title under Fabio Capello
  • Before winning the title in Spain, Beckham had already agreed to move to the USA and Major League Soccer.
  • Beckham signed a five-year deal on the West Coast but he enjoyed mixed fortunes during his first couple of years in the States.
  • Beckham was keen to reignite his England career ahead of the 2010 World Cup and sought a loan move to Europe.
  • Beckham joined AC Milan, during which time he returned to Old Trafford to face United in the Champions League.
  • Beckham's World Cup dream was cruelly ended by injury in 2010, when he ruptured his Achilles tendon.
  • On his return to Los Angeles, Beckham and the Galaxy enjoyed MLS Cup success in 2011 and 2012.
  • The Galaxy's most recent triumph earned them a trip to the White House and Beckham a meeting with the President.
  • Beckham left MLS a winner and returned to Europe with Paris Saint-Germain.
  • Beckham was the last remaining English player in this season's Champions League, but PSG were narrowly edged out by Barcelona.
  • Beckham once again bowed out a winner after he helped PSG win their first Ligue 1 title for 19 years.
Pictures from throughout David Beckham's club career, which took him to Manchester United, Real Madrid, LA Galaxy, AC Milan and PSG.

Beckham has this year become an ambassador for the sport in China.

"Nothing will ever completely replace playing the game I love, however I feel like I'm starting a new adventure and I'm genuinely excited about what lies ahead,'' said Beckham.

"I'm fortunate to have been given many opportunities throughout my career and now I feel it's my time to give back.''

Beckham has two final games before the end of the season, the last home match of his career being this Saturday against Brest at Parc des Princes and then a game away at Lorient.

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