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  • France Soccer PSG
    Paris Saint Germain's soccer players Marco Verratti, left, Ezequiel Lavezzi, center, and David Beckham, right, celebrate winning their French league, in Paris, Monday, May 13, 2013. Paris Saint-Germain clinched its first French league title since 1994 by defeating Lyon 1-0 on Sunday. PSG has now an unassailable seven-point lead at the top of the standings. With just two rounds left, second-place Marseille can no longer catch its fierce rival. David Beckham is retiring from soccer after the season, ending a career in which he become a global superstar since starting his career at Manchester United. The 38-year-old Englishman recently won a league title in a fourth country with Paris Saint-Germain. He said in a statement Thursday May 16, 2013 he is "thankful to PSG for giving me the opportunity to continue but I feel now is the right time to finish my career, playing at the highest level."

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  • France Soccer
    Paris Saint Germain's David Beckham celebrates their title after winning their French League One soccer match against Lyon, in Lyon, central France, Sunday, May 12, 2013.
    Laurent Cipriani | AP
  • France Soccer
    Paris Saint Germain's midfielder David Beckham from England, left, and Paris Saint Germain's midfielder Marco Verratti from Italy, right, arrive to attend the French League One soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Valenciennes, at the Parc des Princes stadium, in Paris, Sunday, May 5, 2013.
    Thibault Camus | AP
  • France Beckham Retires
    FILE - In this April 6, 2013 file photo, PSG's David Beckham celebrates after scoring a goal against Rennes during their French League One soccer match, in Rennes, western France.
    David Vincent | AP
  • France Beckham Retires
    FILE - In this April 2, 2013 file photo, Paris Saint Germain's David Beckham arrives for his Champions League quarterfinal soccer match against Barcelona in Paris.
    Christophe Ena | AP
  • Beckham Retires Soccer
    FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2012 file photo, Los Angeles Galaxy's David Beckham, center, of England, is sprayed with champagne as they celebrate in the dressing room after defeating the Houston Dynamo 3-1 in the MLS Cup championship soccer game in Carson, Calif.
    Jae C. Hong | AP
  • SPORTS SOC-MLS-FINALS 12 LA
    Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham lifts the cup after the Galaxy beats the Houston Dynamo, 3-1, to win the in the MLS Championship at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, on Saturday, December 1, 2012.
    Gina Ferazzi | MCT
  • MLS Sounders Galaxy Soccer
    Los Angeles Galaxy's David Beckham waves after as he leaves the field after their win against the Seattle Sounders during an MLS Western Conference finals soccer game in Carson, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012. The Galaxy won 3-0.
    Chris Carlson | AP
  • Beckham Retires Soccer
    FILE - In this June 2, 2012 file photo, England's David Beckham gestures during a ceremony to honor the five players that have played for England over 100 times each during the international friendly soccer match between England and Belgium at Wembley Stadium in London.
    Kirsty Wigglesworth | AP
  • Beckham Retires Soccer
    FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2012 file photo, Los Angeles Galaxy's David Beckham fixes his tie during a news conference in Los Angeles.
    Jae C. Hong | AP
  • MLS Red Bulls Galaxy Soccer
    Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham, right, of England, is greeted by coach Bruce Arena after he was relieved during the second half of the second game of an MLS soccer Western Conference semifinal against the New York Red Bulls at Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011.
    Jae Hong | AP
  • Britain Beckham
    In this photo made available on the Internet from Victoria Beckham on Sunday July 17, 2011, showing British soccer player David Beckham holding his daughter Harper Seven Beckham. The black and white photo was posted on Victoria Beckham's Twitter page Sunday.
    Victoria Beckham/ Twitter | AP
  • Fashion Vanity Fair List
    FILE - In this June 12, 2010 file photo, soccer player David Beckham stands by the English bench prior to the World Cup group C soccer match between England and the United States at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, South Africa. Beckham earned a spot in the hall of fame of Vanity Fair International Best-Dressed List.
    Bernat Armangue | AP
  • ITALY SOCCER SERIE A
    AC Milan English soccer star David Beckham leaves the pitch after being injured during the Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Chievo at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Sunday, March 14, 2010. Beckham hobbled off with an apparent left leg injury in the closing minutes of AC Milan's game with Chievo. Italy's Sky TV reported that Beckham had probably torn his Achilles' tendon.
    ANTONIO CALANNI | AP
  • People David Beckham
    ** FILE ** In a Jan. 18, 2009 file photo English soccer star David Beckham arrives to attend the Emporio Armani men's Fall/ Winter 2009/ 2010 collection in Milan, Italy.
    LUCA BRUNO | AP
  • Beckham Retires Soccer
    FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2008, file photo, English soccer star David Beckham greets young fans prior to the start of a Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Udinese at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy.
    ANTONIO CALANNI | AP
  • Soccer Becham AC Milan
    ** FILE ** In this Sept. 13, 2008 file photo LA Galaxy's David Beckham waves as he plays against the Kansas City Wizards during an MLS soccer game in Kansas City, Mo., Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008.
    Orlin Wagner | AP
  • MLS Galaxy FC Dallas Soccer
    Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham wipes his face after FC Dallas forward Kenny Cooper scored a goal during the first half of an MLS soccer match, Sunday, July 27, 2008, in Frisco, Texas.
    Matt Slocum | AP
  • BRITAIN US SOCCER
    England's David Beckham, right, battles for the ball with Heath Pearce of the U.S. during their international friendly soccer match at Wembley stadium in London, Wednesday, May 28, 2008.
    ALASTAIR GRANT | AP
  • Beckham Retires Soccer
    FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2007 file photo, Los Angeles Galaxy's David Beckham celebrates after scoring on a free kick against D.C. United during the SuperLiga semifinal soccer game at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
    Kevork Djansezian | AP
  • MLS Galaxy United Beckham Soccer
    Los Angeles Galaxy's midfielder David Beckham sits on the bench before a soccer game against D.C. United at RFK Stadium, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2007, in Washington.
    Pablo Martinez Monsivais | AP
  • MLS Galaxy United Beckham Soccer
    Los Angeles Galaxy's midfielder David Beckham, left, of England, fights for control of the ball with DC United's Luciano Emilio, right, during the second half of a sMLS occer game at RFK Stadium, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2007 in Washington.
    Pablo Martinez Monsivais | AP
  • Chelsea Galaxy Soccer
    Los Angeles Galaxy newest player David Beckham makes a corner kick during the second half of a World Series of Football exhibition soccer game against Chelsea at the Home Depot Center Saturday, July 21, 2007, in Carson, Calif.
    Mark J. Terrill | AP
  • MLS Galaxy Beckham Soccer
    Los Angeles Galaxy's David Beckham waves during a practice as the newest member of the MLS soccer team, Monday, July 16, 2007, in Carson, Calif.
    Danny Moloshok | AP
  • Beckham Retires Soccer
    FILE - In this July 13, 2007, file photo, England soccer player David Beckham holds up his new jersey as he is introduced as the newest member of the Los Angeles Galaxy soccer team in Carson, Calif.
    Nick Ut | AP
  • BRITAIN SOCCER BECKHAM
    England soccer player David Beckham and his wife Victoria at London's Heathrow Airport with their sons Cruz, left, Brooklyn and Romeo, right, Thursday July 12, 2007. David Beckham is traveling to the United States where he has signed to play for Major League Soccer team Los Angeles Galaxy.
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  • Beckham Arrival
    England soccer player David Beckham and his wife Victoria arrive at Los Angeles International Airport Thursday July 12, 2007. David Beckham is traveling to the United States where he has signed to play for Major League Soccer team Los Angeles Galaxy.
    Kevork Djansezian | AP
  • Beckham Retires Soccer
    FILE - In this June 17, 2007 file photo, Real Madrid player David Beckham, center, celebrates after a teammate scored during the Spanish League soccer match against Mallorca in Madrid, Spain.
    Jasper Juinen | AP
  • Beckham Retires Soccer
    FILE - In this May 26, 2007, file photo, Real Madrid's David Beckham of England, reacts after receiving a yellow card during a Spanish league match against Deportivo la Coruna at the Santiago Bernabau stadium in Madrid.
    Paul White | AP
  • Beckham Retires Soccer
    FILE - In this June 1, 2007 file photo, England's soccer star David Beckham reacts after he missed a free-kick and hit the goalpost during an exhibition soccer match against Brazil, at Wembley Stadium in London.
    ALASTAIR GRANT | AP
  • MLS Preview Soccer
    ** FILE ** Soccer player David Beckham leaves the pitch at half time as Manchester United play against a Europe XI during a match to mark the 50th anniversary of Manchester United's participation in European soccer in this March 13, 2007 file photo at Old Trafford in Manchester, England.
    JON SUPER | AP
  • SPAIN SOCCER
    Real Madrid player David Beckham looks his team playing against Zaragoza during his Spanish League soccer match at the Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2007.
    DANIEL OCHOA DE OLZA | AP
  • Beckham Galaxy Soccer
    Los Angeles Galaxy soccer team general manager Alexi Lalas comments on the announcement that English soccer star David Beckham will join the team, at a news conference at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 11, 2007.
    Nick Ut | AP
  • Beckham Retires Soccer
    FILE - In this Dec. 29, 2006 file photo, Real Madrid soccer star David Beckham waves to fans during a promotional event in Tokyo.
    DAVID GUTTENFELDER | AP
  • SPAIN SOCCER BECKHAM GALAXY
    ** FILE ** Real Madrid's David Beckham smiles during a news conference at the club's training ground in Madrid, in this Monday, Oct. 30, 2006 file photo.
    PAUL WHITE | AP
  • Beckham Retires Soccer
    FILE - In this July 1, 2006, file photo, England's David Beckham reacts on the sideline during a quarterfinal World Cup soccer match against Portugal in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.
    MATT DUNHAM | AP
  • Beckham Retires Soccer
    FILE - In this June 25, 2006 file photo, England's captain David Beckham, left, celebrates his opening goal against Ecuador in a World Cup soccer match at the Gottlieb-Daimler stadium in Stuttgart, Germany.
    THOMAS KIENZLE | AP
  • Beckham Retires Soccer
    FILE - In this June 25, 2006 file photo, England's David Beckham celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Round of 16 World Cup soccer match against Ecuador in Stuttgart, Germany.
    MATT DUNHAM | AP
  • Beckham Retires Soccer
    FILE - In this June 20, 2006, file photo, England's captain David Beckham acknowledges fans after their 2-2 draw with Sweden in a World Cup Group B soccer match at the World Cup Stadium in Cologne, Germany.
    KEVORK DJANSEZIAN | AP
  • Beckham Retires Soccer
    FILE- In this June 3, 2006, file photo, England's David Beckham dribbles the ball against Jamaica during their international friendly soccer match at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England.
    Dave Thompson | AP
  • Spain Soccer England Beckham
    FILE - This is a Sunday, Jan. 15, 2006 file photo of Real Madrid's David Beckham, left, as he congratulates goalscorer Zinedine Zidane during their Spanish league soccer match against Sevilla at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid, Spain.
    BERNAT ARMANGUE | AP
  • Beckham Retires Soccer
    FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2005, file photo, England captain David Beckham reacts as he is booked by referee Luis Medina Cantalejo during their 2006 World Cup qualifying soccer match against Austria at Old Trafford, Manchester, England.
    Jon Super | AP
  • Beckham Retires Soccer
    FILE - In this June 2, 2005, file photom soccer star David Beckham poses with kids from the Los Angeles area during a field skills demonstration following a news conference in Carson, Calif.
    Stefano Paltera | AP
  • Beckham Retires Soccer
    FILE - In this March 30, 2005, file photo, England's David Beckham tries his free kick shot towards the goal during their World Cup Group 6, qualifying soccer match at at St James Park ground, in Newcastle, England.
    SCOTT HEPPELL | AP
  • SPAIN BECKHAM BABY
    English Real Madrid soccer player David Beckham smiles as he leaves the Ruber International clinic in Madrid, Sunday, Feb. 20, 2005, where his wife, Victoria Beckham, gave birth to the couple's third son on Saturday night.
    VICTOR LERENA | AP
  • BRITAIN WC SOCCER
    England's David Beckham looks down at a cut on his leg following a collision with Wales' Ryan Giggs during their FIFA World Cup qualifying soccer game at Old Trafford, Manchester, England, Saturday Oct. 9, 2004.
    JON SUPER | AP
  • WCUP BRITAIN ENGLAND WALES SOCCER
    England captain David Beckham lies injured after a clash with Wales' Ben Thatcher during their FIFA World Cup qualifying Group six match at Old Trafford, Manchester, England, Saturday Oct. 9, 2004.
    JOHN GILES | AP
  • Beckham Retires Soccer
    FILE - In tihs June 24, 2004, file photo, Portugal's Luis Figo, left, walks by England's David Beckham during their Euro 2004 quarterfinal soccer match at the Luz Stadium in Lisbon, Portugal.
    Armando Franca | AP
  • EURO 2004 SOC FRA GBR XEN
    England's David Beckham reacts shortly after missing a penalty during the Euro 2004 Group B soccer match between England and France at Luz Stadium, in Lisbon, Portugal, Sunday June 13, 2004.
    DARKO VOJINOVIC | AP
  • BRITAIN BECKHAM OUT
    ** FILE ** November 2003 file picture of England's David Beckham who Monday March 29, 2004, added to Sven-Goran Eriksson's injury problems ahead of their friendly in Sweden by pulling out of the already-depleted squad.
    MARTIN RICKETT | AP
  • BRITAIN PEOPLE BECKHAM
    England soccer captain David Beckham kisses his wife, Victoria, as he holds the OBE, Order of the British Empire, he received Thursday Nov. 27, 2003, from Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at London's Buckingham Palace. The former Manchester United star, who now plays for Real Madrid, said recently: 'I am honoured and privileged to receive this recognition. It's not just for me but for Manchester United, England, all of my teammates and my family'.
    FIONA HANSON | AP
  • Beckham Retires Soccer
    FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2003 file photo, soccer player David Beckham pauses during a signing session for his autobiography "My Side" held at a London bookstore.
    RICHARD LEWIS | AP
  • Beckham Retires Soccer
    FILE - In this July 21, 2003, file photo, English soccer player David Beckham greets fans after his presentation by Real Madrid in Madrid, Spain.
    Paul White | AP
  • Beckham Galaxy Soccer
    ** FILE ** Soccer star David Beckham, and his wife, Victoria, arrive for the MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles, in this May 31, 2003 file photo.
    CHRIS PIZZELLO | AP
  • BECKHAM MADRID
    ** FILE ** Manchester United's and England international David Beckham fires over a cross against Tottenham Hotspur during their English Premier League soccer match at Tottenham's White Hart Lane ground in London in this April 27, 2003 photo. Beckham was traded to Real Madrid on Tuesday, June 7, 2003, by Manchester United for a $41 million transfer fee.
    ALASTAIR GRANT | AP
  • BRITAIN SOCCER
    Manchester United's David Beckham celebrates after scoring against Charlton Athletic during their English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford, Manchester, England, Saturday May 3, 2003.
    PHIL NOBLE | AP
  • BECKHAM BARCELONA
    ** FILE ** Manchester United's David Beckham walks off the pitch on April 23, 2003. Manchester United agreed to sell Beckham to Barcelona on Tuesday, June 10, 2003 but the English superstar indicated he would reject the deal.
    PHIL NOBLE | AP
  • Beckham Retires Soccer
    FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2002 file photo, Manchester United's David Beckham, right, celebrates his goal against Zalaegerszeg of Hungary with teammate Philip Neville, left, during their UEFA Champions League qualifying match in Manchester, England.
    MAX NASH | AP
  • 2002 World Cup
    FILE - This is a Friday, June 21, 2002 file photo of England's David Beckham, left, celebrates with teammate Michael Owen after he scored the opening goal against Brazil during their 2002 World Cup quarterfinal soccer match in Shizuoka, Japan.
    ADAM BUTLER | AP
  • WCUP BEL BRA SOC
    England soccer team captain David Beckham sits in the stands after arriving to watch the 2002 World Cup second round soccer match between Belgium and Brazil at the Kobe Stadium, Japan Monday June 17, 2002.
    RICARDO MAZALAN | AP
  • Britain Soccer  Beckham Retires
    FILE - This is a Thursday, May 30, 2002. file photo of England's soccer star David Beckham as he talks during a press conference near the team hotel in Westin on the Japanese island of Awaji.
    ADAM BUTLER | AP
  • BRITAIN BECKHAM INJURED
    England's national soccer team captain, and Manchester United's midfielder David Beckham is treated on the side of the pitch by a trainer, no name available, after he was injured during the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions league soccer match against Deportivo La Coruna at Old Trafford, Manchester, England, Wednesday April 10, 2002.
    MAX NASH | AP
  • Britain Soccer  Beckham Retires
    FILE - This is a Oct. 13, 2001 file photo of Soccer player David Beckham during an episode of the German television show in Erfurt, Germany.
    JENS MEYER | AP
  • Britain Soccer  Beckham Retires
    FILE - This is a Saturday, Oct. 6, 2001 file photo of England's captain David Beckham, left, as he is congratulated by teammate Emile Heskey after scoring their second goal against Greece during their 2002 World Cup qualifying match at Old Trafford Manchester England.
    ADAM BUTLER | AP
  • Britain Soccer  Beckham Retires
    FILE - This is a May 25, 1999 file photo of Manchester United's midfielder David Beckham holding the winner's cup, after his side defeated Bayern Munich in their Champions League final football match, at the Nou Camp stadium.
    Phil Noble | AP
  • Beckham Retires Soccer
    FILE - In this March 17, 1999, file photo, Manchester United's David Beckham celebrates as he leaves the field after his team tied 1-1 with Inter Milan in a Champions League second leg quarterfinal match at Milan's San Siro stadium.
    ALEX TROVATI | AP
  • WORLD CUP ENGLAND
    England's disgraced soccer star David Beckham arrives at Nante's Atlantique Airport in France Wednesday, July 1, 1998 to board a flight back to London after England's loss to Argentina in their France World Cup 98 match Tuesday night. Beckham, ejected for kicking an opponent in England's penalty shootout loss to Argentina, was banned for two games Wednesday by FIFA. Beckham apologized, adding that "This is without doubt the worst moment of my career."
    ADAM BUTLER | AP
  • Britain Soccer England Beckham
    FILE - This is a June 30, 1998 file photo of England's David Beckham, right, receiving a red card from Denmark's referee Kim Milton Nielsen during the England vs Argentina second round World Cup 98, soccer match at in Saint Etienne France.
    Denis Doyle | AP
  • Beckham Retires Soccer
    FILE - This combo of file photos shows England soccer star David Beckham's various hairstyles.
    AP
  • Beckham Retires Soccer
    FILE - This undated photo provided by H&M shows a look from the collection created and modeled by David Beckham.
    Alasdair McLellan | AP
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