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The President of FIFA Sepp Blatter has tweeted his tribute to 'iconic' David Beckham after he announced his retirement and wished the former England capital good luck:
David Beckham said he felt winning the Ligue 1 title with Paris Saint-Germain helped justify his decision to retire from football this season.
"I always secretly said to myself that I wanted to go out at the top. If you told me six months ago that I could finish the season by winning the French league, I would have said 'no chance', Beckham told Sky Sports News.
Just last month David Beckham told ITV Football that he would not turn down the chance to play for his country again.
He said: "I'm not ready to hang my boots up yet. Somebody just asked whether I would want to play for England again - who wouldn't?
"It's one of the reasons why I've never retired from international football, because if there's ever a chance I could play for my country again I would never turn that down."
David Beckham said it was a "difficult decision" to retire from football and he "thinks" he has made the right decision.
"I feel now is the right time... I think," he told Sky Sports News.
"It's a difficult decision because I still feel I can play at the top level. I'll always feel I can do more, that's the problem."
The Essex County Football Association has tweeted a picture of a fresh-faced David Beckham's Essex Schools ID card:
David Beckham's former Manchester United team-mate and close friend, Gary Neville, has paid tribute to his pal's "amazing career":
England manager Roy Hodgson said he hopes David Beckham resists the temptation to move away from football in retirement, and instead remains involved in the game:
The former Olympics minister Tessa Jowell has tweeted her tribute to former England captain David Beckham, who was a key figure in the successful bid for the 2012 Olympic games:
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With professional football now behind him and money not an issue, what could David Beckham turn his hand to now?
Former England captain David Beckham announced today that he will retire from football at the end of the season.