David Beckham announces plans to retire
One of the biggest names in soccer is calling it quits. David Beckham recently announced his plans to retire from the sport at the end of the season. The 38-year-old star is coming off winning a league title for the France-based Paris Saint-Germain and said he wants to go out on top, The Associated Press reports.
Beckham has been among the most recognizable athletes in the world over the last two decades. After beginning his career with Manchester United, he played for other big-name clubs including Real Madrid and the MLS squad Los Angeles Galaxy. At each stop he captured a championship. He played in 115 matches for the England national team, which is a record for a player other than a goalkeeper.
"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," he said in a statement announcing his retirement.
Aside from his work on the pitch, Beckham has become a pop culture icon. Specifically, he parlayed his soccer prowess to a successful fashion career and has helped popularize the game in the U.S.