The man with arguably the most potent free kick the game has ever seen, David Beckham, announced he will retire from football this week, just days after helping his French club Paris Saint Germain win the French Ligue 1 title.
The 38-year old midfielder was quoted in an article from CNN released on Thursday May 16th saying,
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 realized those dreams.
Beckham began to first make a name for himself at Manchester United, playing under the also recent retiree, Sir Alex Ferguson, making his debut for the club in April 1995. A few years and 6 Premiere League titles, 2 FA Cups titles, 1 UEFA Champions League Cup title, and 1 Intercontinental Cup title later Beckham left Manchester United and went to Spanish giant Real Madrid in the summer of 2003 (Wikipedia).
In Madrid, Beckham played alongside greats like Zinedine Zidane and Raul, and helped the club win a Spanish Super Cup in his very first season. He enjoyed a very successful career on the star-studded squad for three years until in 2007 he announced that he had signed with MLS club Los Angeles Galaxy, instantly causing every teenage girl in America to scream in unbridled joy.
Beckham played well for the Galaxy, helping them win 2 MLS Cup titles during his tenure and also played on loan for A.C. Milan in the Italian Serie A during the off season. After 5 years with the Galaxy, Beckham announced he would not be renewing his final year of his contract extension and went to French club Paris Saint Germain, from which he announced his retirement this week after just one season. Beckham also spent a great deal of his career playing international football for England’s Three Lions, winning 115 caps for the squad and even captaining the team for a period. Beckham said in the CNN article that playing for his country was one of his “proudest achievements”:
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.
Beckham was one of the game’s great footballers and dazzled us on countless occasions with his uncanny ability to make the ball move and bend in ways we never though possible, and that we’ll likely never see again from any other player. Like his former manager Sir Alex Ferguson, the infamous David Beckham will be sorely missed by football fans the world over. Good luck “Becks”, and thank you.