David Beckham to retire from soccer

Published On May 16, 2013 | By Jill Saftel

He might be better known now for his underwear advertisements than for his lengthy soccer career, but David Beckham is hanging up his cleats for good. Beckham, 38 years old, said Thursday he’ll quit soccer at the end of this season, via a report from The Associated Press.

He recently won a league title in a fourth country with his current team, Paris Saint-Germain,

“It’s a good way to go out,” Beckham said in Paris when he announced his retirement. “It’s every athlete’s dream, every footballer’s dream to go out on the top — on top form or winning a trophy … leaving as a champion.”

There will be only two more games for Beckham – two more matches left at PSG. The first is against Brest on Saturday and the second is at Lorient on May 26.

Beckham was a former England captain and started his career with Manchester United and also played for Real Madrid and the Los Angeles Galaxy, winning titles with all those clubs. He’s also known for his modeling, as well as highly publicized marriage to former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham. He has been donating his salary this season a children’s charity.

“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,” Beckham said. “I’m fortunate to have realized those dreams.”


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Jill studies journalism at Northeastern University, covers Hockey East for College Hockey News and is the sports editor for The Huntington News. You can follow her on Twitter at @jillsaftel, just don't ask her to choose between hockey and baseball, it's impossible.