After bending the ball for 20 years, the iconic David Beckham announced his retirement as his last club Paris Saint Germain picked up the Ligue 1 title in grand fashion.

"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," the former England captain said.

Beckham joined Manchester United as a trainee back in 1991 before making his first-team debut two years later - and was tipped to be a hot prospect for the future.

To this day, the world remembers his 60-yard wonder goal for United against Wimbledon in 1996. And one could say that was when it all began.

Beckham made his first appearance for the England national team on September 1 1996 in a World Cup qualifying match against Moldova. He was also a part the of the national team setup in the 1998 World Cup.

By 1999, he had matured into one of the world’s best midfielders and had announced his marriage to Spice girl Victoria Beckham.

Beckham was always known for his outstanding ability to curve the ball and convert free-kicks. He has pulled off plenty of those in his time. In 2000, Beckham was named as the England national team’s captain.

"To this day, one of my proudest achievements is captaining my country," the superstar said when asked about his experience playing for England. "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."

He continued to make important contributions at United as well. One of his most memorable moments included grabbing two assists from two corners at the 1999 Champions League finals against Bayern Munich.

Then came a new phase in his career, with a move to Real Madrid in 2003.

Beckham was one of the "Galacticos" alongside Raul, Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane, Luis Figo and Roberto Carlos. But it took a while to win his first La Liga title with the team, which eventually arrived in 2007.

On the international front, Beckham was the first English player to score in three consecutive World Cup finals and has the joint-second most assists in European Championship finals history.

This was followed by a move to LA Galaxy in 2007. Beckham also had loan spells to Italian giants AC Milan during off seasons in the USA. It was then when he first played against his boyhood club, Manchester United.

He made his final appearance for the England national side with a 3-0 win over Belarus in 2009.

Beckham also made significant contributions in the bid to bring the 2012 Olympics to London and is the first sportsman out of China to be invited to become the ambassador for sport in the country.

The world is proud to have seen such a star both on and off the field and it's certain that Beckham will return to the game in a new role sooner rather than later.


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