After just signing a five-month deal at Paris St-Germain in January, soccer pro David Beckham has announced that he will be hanging up his cleats and retiring at the end of this 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," the 38-year-old athlete said (via BBC Sports). "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 100 times and lined up for some of the biggest clubs in the world, I would have told you it was a fantasy."
BBC Sports notes that in his career Beckham has won "19 trophies -- 10 of them league titles -- in a playing career spanning 20 years, and is the only English player to win championships in four countries." It's also mentioned that the soccer stud joined Manchester United at the young age of 14, and "made 398 appearances, winning six Premier League titles and the Champions League."
"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," continues Beckham. "I'm fortunate to have been given many opportunities throughout my career and now I feel it's my time to give back."
The former England captain, who also played for the Los Angeles Galaxy, has two more games to go before the end of the season, which will take play on May 18 at home against Brest.