Farewell to David Beckham, the footballer

England's best known footballer David Beckham announced his retirement on 16 May 2013 after a career laden with trophies and glamour that had a worldwide impact that went way beyond soccer. The 38-year-old former England captain, who this month helped Paris St Germain to the French league title to add to titles won in England, Spain and the United States, will hang up his boots at the end of a successful season. [TEXT: Reuters] ALSO READ: Life and career of Beckham and Reaction to Beckham's retirement.

Celebrities At Paris Saint-Germain FC v Valenciennes FC - Ligue 1

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 05: David Beckham attends the match between Paris Saint Germain FC and Valenciennes FC at Parc des Princes on May 5, 2013 in Paris, France. (Photo by Paul Hubble/WireImage)

Evian Thonon Gaillard FC v Paris Saint-Germain FC - Ligue 1

ANNECY, FRANCE - APRIL 28: David Beckham of PSG in action during the Ligue 1 match between Evian Thonon Gaillard FC, ETG, and Paris Saint Germain FC, PSG, at the Parc des Sports d'Annecy on April 28, 2013 in Annecy, France. (Photo by John Berry/Getty Images)


MANCHESTER - NOVEMBER 5: David Beckham of Manchester United during the Worthington Cup third round match between Manchester United and Leicester City at Old Trafford, Manchester, England on November 5, 2002. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images.)

England v Ukraine - FIFA2010 World Cup Qualifier

LONDON - APRIL 01: David Beckham of England (R) is spoken to by manager Fabio Capello as he replaces Aaron Lennon during the FIFA 2010 World Cup Group 6 Qualifying match between England and Ukraine at Wembley Stadium on April 1, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

England v Belarus - FIFA2010 World Cup Qualifier

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 14: David Beckham of England acknowledges the fans applause after the FIFA 2010 World Cup Qualifying Group 6 match between England and Belarus at Wembley Stadium on October 14, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

FUSSBALL: WM FRANCE 98 St.Etienne, 30.06.98

FRANCE - JUNE 30: WM FRANCE 98 St.Etienne; ARGENTINIEN - ENGLAND 6:5 n.E. (ARG - ENG) ACHTELFINALE; ROTE KARTE FUER David BECKHAM/ENG WEGEN NACHTRETENS .; Alan SHEARER, Paul SCHOLES/ENG, Schiedsrichter Kim Milkon NIELSEN, Gabriel BATISTUTA, Matias ALMEYDA/ARG, David BECKHAM/ENG, Diego SIMEONE (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

David Beckham

17 Oct 1998: David Beckham of Manchester United celebrates with Jesper Blomquist after scoring for Manchester United against Wimbledon in the FA Carling Premiership at Old Trafford in Manchester, England. The match finished in a comprehensive 5-1 victory for Manchester United. \ Mandatory Credit: Ross Kinnaird /Allsport

Lee Bowyer of Leeds United

LEEDS - SEPTEMBER 14 : Lee Bowyer of Leeds United (right) takes evasive action from a David Beckham free kick during the FA Barclaycard Premiership game between Leeds United and Manchester United at Elland Road in Leeds, England on September14 , 2002. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)



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14 Nov 2000: England caretaker/manager, David Taylor gives David Beckham the captain's armband prior to the match against Italy at the Del Alpi Stadium,Turin. Mandatory Credit: Shaun Botterill/ALLSPORT

David Beckham

6 Oct 2001: David Beckham of England in action during the FIFA World Cup 2002 Group Nine Qualifying match against Greece played at Old Trafford, in Manchester, England. The match ended in a 2-2 draw, England secure automatic qualification for next yearstournament by finishing top of the group. \ Mandatory Credit: Gary M Prior /Allsport

David Beckham of England

SAPPORO - JUNE 7: David Beckham of England takes the winning penalty after Michael Owen was brought down during the England v Argentina, Group F, World Cup Group Stage match played at the Sapporo Dome in Sapporo, Japan on June 7, 2002. England won the match 1-0. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Euro 2004: Portugal v England

LISBON, PORTUGAL - JUNE 24: David Beckham of England down on the ground during the UEFA Euro 2004, Quarter Final match between Portugal and England at the Luz Stadium on June 24, 2004 in Lisbon, Portugal. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Quarter-final England v Portugal - World Cup 2006

GELSENKIRCHEN, GERMANY - JULY 01: David Beckham of England consoles team mates John Terry and Rio Ferdinand following their defeat in a penalty shootout at the end of the FIFA World Cup Germany 2006 Quarter-final match between England and Portugal played at the Stadium Gelsenkirchen on July 1, 2006 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

England v Kazakhstan - FIFA2010 World Cup Qualifier

LONDON - OCTOBER 11: Alexnadr Kislitsyn of Kazakhstan clears the ball from David Beckham of England during the 2010 World Cup qualifying match between England and Kazakhstan at Wembley Stadium on October 11, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Slovenia v England: Group C - 2010 FIFA World Cup

PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 23: Wayne Rooney (2ndL) and David Beckham of England celebrate victory following the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group C match between Slovenia and England at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on June 23, 2010 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

David Beckham Announced As An LA Galaxy Player

CARSON, CA - JULY 13: David Beckham holds up a shirt while he is officially announced as a LA Galaxy player at the Home depot Stradium on July 13,2007 in Carson, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

2012 MLS Cup - Houston Dynamo v Los Angeles Galaxy

CARSON, CA - DECEMBER 01: David Beckham #23 of Los Angeles Galaxy poses with his sons Brooklyn Beckham, Cruz Beckham and Romeo Beckham after the Galaxy defeat the Houston Dynamo 3-1 to win the 2012 MLS Cup at The Home Depot Center on December 1, 2012 in Carson, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

Olympique Lyonnais v Paris Saint-Germain FC - Ligue 1

LYON, FRANCE - MAY 12: David Beckham of PSG celebrates the french Ligue 1 title of PSG after the Ligue 1 match between Olympique Lyonnais, OL, and Paris Saint-Germain FC, PSG, at the Stade Gerland on May 12, 2013 in Lyon, France. (Photo by John Berry/Getty Images)

Victoria Beckham Signting In Paris

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 04: David Beckham is seen arriving at the 'Comme des garcons' store on May 4, 2013 in Paris, France. (Photo by Paul Hubble/FilmMagic)

117th IOC Session, Day 4 - 2012 Olympics Announcement

SINGAPORE - JULY 06: Lord Sebastian Coe celebrates with David Beckham celebrate as London are voted to stage the 2012 Olympic Games at the Raffle City Convention Centre on July 6, 2005 in Singapore. The 117th session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) voted whether London, Paris, New York, Madrid or Moscow will host the 2012 Olympic Games. (Photo by John Gichigi/Getty Images)

David Beckham Visits China - Day 3

QINGDAO, CHINA - MARCH 22: British football player David Beckham arrives at Tiantai Stadium to visit Qingdao Jonoon Football Club at Qingdao Shandong Province on March 22, 2013 in Qingdao, China. David Beckham is on a five-day visit to China at the invitation of the China Football Association as China's first international ambassador. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

Viva Forever - Press Night - Inside Arrivals

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 11: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME. MANDATORY CREDIT PHOTO BY DAVE M. BENETT/GETTY IMAGES REQUIRED) David Beckham (3L) and Victoria Beckham (R) with children Romeo, Cruz and Brooklyn arrive at the Gala Press Night performance of 'Viva Forever' at the Piccadilly Theatre on December 11, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)

2012 Vanity Fair Oscar Party

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: David Beckham and wife Victoria Beckham arrive at the 2012 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Sunset Tower on February 26, 2012 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)

England Training Session

LONDON COLNEY, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 20: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger speaks with England's David Beckham during an England training session at the London Colney training ground on August 20, 2007 in London Colney, England. (Photo by Phil Cole/Getty Images)

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