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Beckham retiring from professional soccer

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David Beckham, one of the most celebrated soccer players in the world, announced Thursday that he is retiring at the end of the season.

Beckham, 38, recently won a league title in a fourth country with Paris St.-Germain, began his career with Manchester United, and instantly became a global superstar.

"I'm thankful to P.S.G. for giving me the opportunity to continue, but I feel now is the right time to finish my career, playing at the highest level," Beckham said in a statement.

Beckham won titles with Real Madrid, the Los Angeles Galaxy and United. He holds the England record for making 115 appearances as an outfield player for the national team.

"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," he said. "I'm fortunate to have realized those dreams.

"I want to thank all my teammates, 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."
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