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David Beckham bows out a champion

Nikki Shewmaker

David Beckham is a true athlete and an all-around class act

Soccer star receives standing ovation

David Beckham, the world-famous soccer star, played his final home game with Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday. It was an emotional event for David Beckham, who announced he is retiring after this season. Friends, family and fans were there to watch as he led his team to a 3-1 victory over Brest.

Close to 45,000 fans filled the stadium to watch David Beckham wrap-up a career that spanned  the globe, two decades and countless accolades. David Beckham received a standing ovation, amid chanting and hugs. David Beckham became emotional and even his notoriously austere wife, Victoria Beckham, shed a tear as she watched from the stands with the couple’s children and various other family members.

David Beckham began his career with Manchester United in 1992 at the age of 17. He rose to worldwide prominence with the team and led them to numerous victories before stints with Real Madrid and L.A. Galaxy. At one time he was the highest-paid soccer player in the world and built an empire around his skills.

During the standing ovation from the crowd, which included former President Nicolas Sarkozy, David Beckham addressed the spectators, saying, “I want to say thank you to everybody in Paris, to my team-mates, to the staff, to the fans. To finish my career here could not be any more special… I want to enjoy my family now; I have all the souvenirs I want now so I’m very, very happy. Merci Paris. I’m very sad to be leaving but thank you.”

David Beckham later told the press that although retirement would take an adjustment, he was looking forward to spending time with his family and relaxing. Regardless of what David Beckham does in the future, he’s left behind a legacy that will never be forgotten and will be very hard to beat.

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