English football legend David Beckham has announced his retirement from professional football, barely days after his once-upon-a-time teammate Paul Scholes and manager Sir Alex Ferguson called time on the game.
The midfielder, known popularly for his skill at set-pieces and widely regarded as one of the best free-kick takers ever, called an end to a glittering career today.
Beckham had a trophy-filled career, winning silverware across 4 countries and 2 continents.
“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,” said Beckham in a statement.
“I’m fortunate to have realized those dreams.”
Despite the glittering career with some of the world’s top clubs, Beckham singled out captaining his country as 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.
“I’m honoured to represent England both on and off the pitch. 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.” (CNN)