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Beckham Retires From Football

Football icon David Beckham has announced his retirement from football at the age of 38.

The Englishman, who won the Champions League with Manchester United in 1999 as well as various titles with United, Real Madrid, AC Milan, Los Angeles Galaxy and most recently Paris Saint-Germain, declined the chance to extend his remarkable career by another year.

Beckham earned 115 England caps and is estimated to be England's wealthiest sportsman - earning over USD 46 million a year, according to France Football.

"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," said Beckham in a statement.

"I'm fortunate to have realised those dreams.

"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. I want to thank all my team-mates, 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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