David Beckham To Retire At Season’s End
David Beckham, the world’s most famous football player, has announced intentions to retire at the end of the season. “Becks” is currently playing for Paris Saint-Germain, a French club. In the past, he’s played for Manchester United, Real Madrid, AC Milan, and L.A. Galaxy. Amazingly, he’s won titles in four different countries.
Thanks to hairstyles, tattoos, tabloid-friendly behavior, and marrying a Spice Girl Beckham has attracted scores of off-the-field headlines. He is however one of the greatest players to ever step foot on a pitch. Yes, the media coverage outstripped his on-the-field prowess but Beckham’s free kicks, crosses, and work rate were undeniable.
Besides playing for four different championship clubs in four different countries (he did not win a Championship while being loaned to Italy’s AC Milan), Beckham has 115 caps for his country, England. That’s a record for non-goaltenders. He also captained the Three Lions, an achievement he says is the greatest of his career.
Beckham has a chance to be as successful off-the-pitch as he was on it. There was a clause in his MLS contract that allows him to become part owner of a club. He’s already an ambassador for Chinese soccer and he helped London snagged the 2012 Olympic Games.
With a passion to help young people (he donated his PSG salary to a children’s charity), and his worldwide fame, who knows how much good he can do, and how much money he can raise, during his retirement.
Blessed with tremendous good looks, one has to expect Hollywood to call. After all, he was the subject of the 2002 film Bend It Like Beckham.
Personally, I’ll never forget the hype surrounding his signing with L.A. Galaxy. For a few days, it was all anyone on and off television could talk about. The announcement that Beckham was coming to America was one of the few times soccer received a level of attention usually reserved for American football.
The other thing I’ll never forget about David Beckham was his high-pitched speaking voice. I was taken aback the first time I heard him talk.
David Beckham’s Championship Resume
Champions League: 1998–99
Premier League (6): 1995–96, 1996–97, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2002–03
FA Cup (2): 1995–96, 1998–99
Intercontinental Cup: 1999
Community Shield (4): 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997
La Liga: 2006–07
Spanish Supercopa: 2003
Los Angeles Galaxy
MLS Cup (2): 2011, 2012
MLS Supporters’ Shield (2): 2010, 2011
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Winners (Regular Season) (3): 2009, 2010, 2011
Winners (Playoffs) (3): 2009, 2011, 2012
Ligue 1: 2012–13