When Beckham retires at the end of the season football will lose its most famous and influential character
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HR - Beckham has been a great role model for ages. He's just top class in everything he does. He's a fantastic footballer and top ladFrom @OfficialQPR on Twitter:
Wigan winger Callum McManaman has been ruled out for three months with an ankle injury and will miss this summer's European Under-21 Championship, Latics manager Roberto Martinez has announced.
– Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes speaking to the Daily Mail
It's a sad day but hopefully David is happy with what he's done.
From the start you knew the quality he had and the professionalism. His range of passing and his free-kicks were brilliant and that was no accident - he was out there practising all day long.
That's our year finished now. I think there's only Ryan Giggs, who was a year older than us, still going as strong as ever.
Speaking to ITV ahead of PSG's Champions League quarter-final against Barcelona last month, David Beckham said he was in no rush to retire.
"I'm 38 years old in May and your body changes so you have to adjust certain things, but I've always looked after myself. I'm not ready to hang my boots up yet."
David grew up as a football loving child & achieved his dreams, and unquestionably inspired millions of boys & girls to try & do the sameFrom @SeppBlatter on Twitter:
David Beckham: the footballer for people who don't like footballFrom @TonyEvansTimes on Twitter:
I remember sharing red wine and ham with Beckham in our first meal in Madrid. A gentleman. Genuine. A British success abroad, a lesson thenFrom @GuillemBalague on Twitter:
Perhaps David Beckham's finest moment in an England shirt, stepping up and delivering under pressure, and to seal a man-of-the-match display against Greece at Old Trafford. This goal secured the draw that the Three Lions needed to qualify for the 2002 World Cup.
Former England manager Steve McClaren hailed David Beckham as a great of the modern game after the former national team captain announced his retirement.
– Former England manager Steve McClaren.
He was a great player.
He made the very most of his talents through sheer hard work and professionalism and always doing extra work on the training field.
He inspired his team-mates through his performances.
He was a winner, he's won so many things in his career, and that was infectious on his team-mates.