Britain’s biggest club, Manchester United, have created so many icons. Three of those have now retired in little over a week.
It started with coach Sir Alex Ferguson on May 8. Veteran midfielder Paul Scholes followed suit last weekend. The latest Red Devil icon to announce his retirement from football is David Beckham.
On Thursday afternoon, the news broke. The only British man to win the league in four different countries decided to call it a day in his playing career. Last weekend, Beckham enjoyed a title triumph with PSG – a club for which he signed in January this year before asking his salary to go to charity.
His contributions for the French giants, who ended a 19-year wait to become Ligue 1 champions again, has not only come on the field. David Beckham’s influence at Paris Saint-Germain has mainly been felt by its power to offer publicity to French football through the media since the transfer took place four months ago.
After his retirement, Beckham told reporters: “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.
“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 realised those dreams.”
David Beckham’s CV includes spells at Preston North End, Real Madrid, Los Angeles Galaxy and Milan. However, no period in his career can rival his achievements at Manchester United where he played 394 games and scored 85 goals – winning six EPL titles, four FA Community Shields, two English FA Cups, one FA Youth Cup and the historic 1999 UEFA Champions League title.
In football, players and coaches go but the name of a club remains unchanged. Manchester United are grooming new British players such as Danny Welbeck and Phil Jones to name a few. Soon, the Red Devils’ line up will look entirely different from what it was ten years ago. Even the evergreen Ryan Giggs will one day retire. Can the new generation of stars maintain the supremacy of United. Certainly from the retirements that have taken place in the past couple of weeks, Manchester United have suffered an end of an era.
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