Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 September 2014

Tributes pour in as Beckham quits

David Beckham won the French league title with Paris Saint Germain this season

David Beckham, one of the world's most famous footballers, has called time on his career.

Beckham, 38, will retire from football at the end of this season after winning the French league title with his current club, Paris St Germain.

Tributes have poured in from managers and players, with former England boss Steve McClaren describing him as "an inspiring personality" who "made the very most of his talents".

Prime Minister David Cameron praised "all the work he did on helping us win London 2012", a Downing Street spokesman said.

He made his England debut in 1996 and went on to be the Three Lions' most capped outfield player with 115 appearances.

Beckham said: ''To this day, one of my proudest achievements is captaining my country."

He added: "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."

England manager Roy Hodgson told Sky Sport News: "David is a man of many talents and a lot of people now will be wanting him for different jobs and roles, some of which could take him away from us in football."

A Downing Street spokesman said: "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."

Beckham's wife Victoria said the couple were "excited about the next chapter in our lives". She added: "This was not an easy decision to make, and to me and the children he will always be an amazing sportsman and a devoted husband and father. He is, and will always remain, a true ambassador for sport and is not just an inspiration to myself and our children but for millions of people worldwide."

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Latest News

Latest Sport

Latest Showbiz