The 38-year old just finished shining up a new league trophy with his latest team, Paris Saint-Germain, and felt that now was a great opportunity for him to call it quits. “It’s a good way to go out,” Beckham said in a press conference. “It’s every athlete’s dream, every footballer’s dream to go out on the top — on top form or winning a trophy … leaving as a champion.”
Beckham of course starred for Real Madrid from 2004-2007, a period in which Beckham saw his share of ups and downs. He arrived at the Bernabéu to much fanfare and promotion, but his early years there seemed to produce little hardware. After tumult surrounding his departure for the MLS, Beckham was able to secure a La Liga title with the team in his final year.
The football mega-star will always relish the time he spent at each squad. “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.”