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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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PR guru predicts bright future for 'Brand Beckham'

PR and brand consultant Mark Borkowski said "Brand Beckham" showed no signs of flagging despite the footballer's retirement:

Whatever David Beckham chooses to do it's going to make news. There's still gold to be plundered.

It's not about how successful he is on the pitch and it hasn't been for some time.

Forget all the footballing iconography and him posing in his underpants, he's a very powerful figure in terms of charitable causes. All sorts of causes could benefit from his brand.

But while he's still got his looks, youth and energy I think he will be linked more to media than perhaps causes.

– Mark Borkowski

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