David Beckham retiring from soccer

He'll play his last game May 26

By Prachi Gupta

Published May 16, 2013 3:41PM (EDT)

David Beckham, one of the most venerated soccer players in the world, is retiring from professional sports at the end of this season. The BBC reports that Beckham will play his last game with Paris St-Germain on May 26.

From the BBC:

Including PSG's recent Ligue 1 title win, Beckham has won 19 trophies - 10 of them league titles - in a playing career spanning 20 years, and is the only English player to win championships in four countries.

"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 100 times and lined up for some of the biggest clubs in the world, I would have told you it was a fantasy," he said.

"I'm fortunate to have realised those dreams."

Beckham signed his current contract with PSG in January, but donated all of his salary to charity.

Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at pgupta@salon.com.

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