David Beckham retires

Right midfield - David BeckhamFormer England captain David Beckham has confirmed he has turned down a new contract with PSG and retired from football.

The 38-year-old moved to the Parc Des Princes on a short-term contract in January after leaving MLS side LA Galaxy.

The newly crowned Ligue 1 champions offered Beckham a new one-year contract and he looked set to prolong his career into a 21st season.

However, the veteran midfielder – who is the first English player to win a league title in four different countries – has decided to snub the offer and call time on a glittering career.

He began his career at Manchester United, winning six Premier League titles, two FA Cups and the Champions League during a 10-year stay at Old Trafford.

He moved on to Real Madrid in 2003, winning the Primera Liga title in his final season at the Bernabeu.

He then signed a five-year deal with LA Galaxy, winning the MLS Cup twice, as well as enjoying two loan spells with Serie A outfit AC Milan during the American off-season.

He also earned 115 caps for England, scoring 17 goals, and representing them at three World Cups and two European Championships.

“I’m 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,” he said in a statement.

“Nothing will ever completely replace playing the game I love. However, I feel like I’m starting a new adventure and I’m genuinely excited about what lies ahead.

“I’m fortunate to have been given many opportunities throughout my career and now I feel it’s my time to give back.”

There are two games remaining in the French season, with PSG hosting Brest on Saturday before travelling to Lorient on May 26.

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