David Beckham to retire

David Beckham said he will retire from professional football at the end of the season. He said: "I feel now is the right time to finish my career, playing at the highest level."

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FA chairman hails Beckham's 'unique' football career

FA chairman David Bernstein has paid tribute to David Beckham after the former England captain called time on his playing career:

It is quite amazing that in a week when Sir Alex Ferguson has retired that we now have David Beckham, another great of the game, ending his unique and hugely successful playing career.

I would like to pay tribute to David for his outstanding contribution to English football. He has been such a great ambassador for the game at home and abroad and was a tremendous performer for his clubs and England.

David always played with the greatest passion and became an iconic figure in our national game.

I am sorry to see him go but wish him and his family very well in his retirement. I am sure he will have so much to give back to the game in future, whatever he chooses to do.

– FA Chairman David Bernstein

Beckham's final game is against Lorient (not L Orient)

The final match of David Beckham's career will be against French side Lorient on Sunday 26 May.

English League One side Leyton Orient took to Twitter to point out that they have no connection to the Ligue 1 outfit, after receiving "a few phone calls".

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Already had a few phone calls but to clear things up Beckham's last game is against FC Lorient not us.

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Becks the only Englishman to win league in four nations

David Beckham won 14 pieces of major silverware in his career and is the only English player to have won league titles in four countries. His major honours are as follows:

  • Six Premier League titles (Man Utd)
  • Two FA Cups (Man Utd)
  • One Champions League (Man Utd)
  • One La Liga title (Real Madrid)
  • One Spanish Supercup (Real Madrid)
  • Two MLS Cups (LA Galaxy)
  • One Ligue 1 title (Paris Saint-Germain)

Lineker: Becks 'a wonderful player and global superstar'

Former team-mate Phil Neville and ex-England striker Gary Lineker have paid tribute to David Beckham who has announced his retirement:

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David Beckham-what an unbelievable career-4 titles in 4 countries over 100 caps for eng and the best ambassador this countries has had!

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David Beckham has retired. A wonderful player, global superstar and a magnificent ambassador for England and football.

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David Beckham: 'Fortunate to have realised my dreams'

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 realised 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 honoured to represent England both on and off the pitch ... I want to thank all my team-mates, 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.

– David Beckham
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