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Seven Years Ago Today, David Beckham Called Time On His Illustrious Career

Ryan Sidle

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Seven Years Ago Today, David Beckham Called Time On His Illustrious Career

Seven years ago today David Beckham called time on his illustrious playing career, sparking emotional scenes at PSG's Parc Des Princes Stadium.

After incredible career for Manchester United, Real Madrid, LA Galaxy, AC Milan and with England at national level the right winger called time on his career at PSG in 2013, having joined the French side in the January on a short term deal.

In France he played 14 times in all competitions, donated all his wages to a local children's charity, and won Ligue 1 with the team.

On May 18th he played his final game against Brest and in typical fashion he set up a goal for Blaise Matuidi. He was subbed off on 80 minutes to a standing ovation, received from his teammates and everyone got very emotional.

'Becks' innate ability to cross the ball was second to none in the footballing world and that's not forgetting of course some of those free kicks.

He is probably best remembered for his special moment in 2001 at Old Trafford playing for England as his free kick in injury time secured the Three Lions' place in the 2002 World Cup.

Beckham celebrates his most famous free kick. Image: PA
Beckham celebrates his most famous free kick. Image: PA

Three years earlier he had become an overnight national hero with his performance against Colombia in the 1998 World Cup but went from hero to zero as he was sent off against Argentina in the second round before Glenn Hoddle's side lost on penalties.

The free kick against Greece was the first part of his redemption before a penalty against the South American's at the tournament gave him closure.

At United the former England captain was part of Sir Alex Ferguson's 'Class of 92' that won the FA Youth Cup before moving to the first team and becoming successful.


Beckham won six Premier League titles, two FA Cups and the Champions League, and was part of the Treble winning side of 1998/99.

He moved to Real Madrid in 2003, after falling out with the manager, and won La Liga under Fabio Capello before his move to LA Galaxy.

The 1999 Ballon d'Or runner up now part owns Salford City FC with his fellow 'Class of 92' alumni and the newest MLS franchise Inter Miami.

Topics: Football News, Manchester United, World Football, Ligue 1, David Beckham, PSG, MLS, Premier League, LA Galaxy, Real Madrid, La Liga

Ryan Sidle
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