The Prime Minister's view is that David Beckham has been an outstanding footballer throughout his career but not only that he has been a brilliant ambassador for this country, not least if we remember all the work he did on helping us win London 2012.
The Prime Minister's message would simply be to say: congratulations on a fantastic career.
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.
A look back at the career, on and off the field, of the world's most recognisable footballer.