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David Beckham Retires From Professional Soccer

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After two decades filled with championships in four different countries, iconic soccer player and Spice Girl husband David Beckham announced his retirement from the sport today. "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 100 times and lined up for some of the biggest clubs in the world, I would have told you it was a fantasy," Beckham said in a statement.

The 38-year-old has a staggering list of accomplishments as a professional player: the midfielder won 115 caps for England, he won the Champions League with Manchester United in 1999 (he won the Premiere League with them 6 times), and he won league titles with Real Madrid, AC Milan and Los Angeles Galaxy (2011, 2012). Most recently, he helped Paris Saint-Germain win the French title for the first time in 19 years.

For a nice look back at Beckham's tenure as the most recognizable figure in Major League Soccer, check out this DCist post from November. And below, watch some highlight reels.

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