David Beckham retiring: Full statement from soccer great
David Beckhams father was a kitchen fitter and his mother was a hairdresser. Although their careers had nothing to do with soccer, both of Davids parents were diehard Manchester United fans. Growing up, David became equally enthused about the team, and eventually began to play soccer himself. (David Guttenfelder / Associated Press)
In 2004, Davids former assistant, Rebecca Loos, sparked drama by claiming that the two had had an affair. To add to the drama, an Australian model named Sarah Marbeck alleged that she too had been involved with David. (Torsten Blackwood / AFP/Getty Images)
David is often described as a metrosexual, but he doesnt seem to mind.
When his teammates mocked his dyed blond hair by calling him Marilyn, David told W magazine, “it’s always been in jest, a friendly banter.” (Richard Lewis / Associated Press)
Victoria likes to be in control, and in 2007, David told W magazine that he's fine with that.
“I trust my wife 110% When people say, ‘Victoria wears the trousers,’ I’m happy with that,” explained the doting husband. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images)
In the U.S., a country notoriously uninterested in soccer, David has managed to create quite a stir.
Since he joined the team in July 2007, Galaxy games have set records for viewership and media coverage. There is a camera trained on David at all times -- even while he lounges on the bench. (Domenico Stinellis / Associated Press)
Soccer great David Beckham announced Thursday he will retire from the sport at the conclusion of Paris Saint-Germain’s season. The former Galaxy star released the following statement announcing his retirement:
“I’m thankful to PSG (Paris Saint-Germain) 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 realized those dreams.
“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. I’m honored to represent England both on and off the pitch.
“I wouldn’t have achieved what I have done today without my family. I’m grateful for my parents’ sacrifice, which made me realize my dreams. I owe everything to Victoria and the kids, who have given me the inspiration and support to play at the highest level for such a long period. I also want to thank Simon Fuller and his team for their continued support.
“I want to thank all my teammates, 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.
“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. I’m fortunate to have been given many opportunities throughout my career and now I feel it’s my time to give back.”
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