One of the most recognizable players in the sport, David Beckham has announced that after a 20-year career he is retiring from soccer.
In a statement made Thursday, he said:
“I feel now is the right time to finish my career, playing at the highest level.
“I want to thank all my team-mates, the great managers that I had the pleasure of learning from. I also want to thank the fans who have all supported me and given me the strength to succeed.
“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.
“I’m fortunate to have realized those dreams.”
The 38-year-old Paris Saint-Germain midfielder won 10 league titles in his 20 seasons. His last game will be on May 26.