David Beckham announced his retirement from soccer after the end of the season. He did not accept the offer of Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) to remain with the team. Beckham decided to retire from the sport four days after his team won its first French league title in 19 years.
In a statement, Beckham said, “I’m thankful to PSG for giving me the opportunity to continue but I feel now is the right time to finish my career, playing at the highest level.”
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Beckham started his professional career in the sport in 1992 with Manchester United Plc (NYSE:MANU). Beckham said, “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. I’m fortunate to have realized those dreams.”
His first appearance in England was in 1996. He played at the World Cup after two years and became England’s captain in 2000 until the 2006 World Cup. He made 115 appearances for England’s national team. According to him, “To this day, one of my proudest achievements is captaining my country. 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.”
Beckham also played for Real Madrid and the Los Angeles Galaxy. The superstar soccer player also won titles for Manchester United PLC (NYSE:MANU), Real Madrid, and Los Angeles Galaxy. He won six Premiere League Titles for Manchester United. He left the team in 2003 after Alex Ferguson, the manager of the team, accidentally hit his eye with a football boot.
Beckham further said, “Nothing will ever completely replace playing the game I love, however I feel like I’m starting a new adventure and I’m genuinely excited about what lies ahead,” Beckham said. “I’m fortunate to have been given many opportunities throughout my career and now I feel it’s my time to give back.”
Meanwhile, Ferguson also retired as manager of Manchester United PLC (NYSE:MANU) last week. David Moyes will succeed him starting July 1. Moyes signed a six-year contract with the club.
According to Ferguson, Moyes is the best person for the job and emphasized, “David is a man of great integrity with strong work ethic.” He added that he has no doubt that his successor has all the expected qualities of a manager for Manchester United (NYSE:MANU).
Early this month, Manchester United PLC (NYSE:MANU) posted strong earnings result for the third quarter of 2013. The club recorded a profit of 3.6 million pounds or 2 pence per share, a 227 percent increase compared with its results in the same period a year ago. The club obtained more sponsorship deals, which contributed to its good financial performance.