David Beckham Announces Retirement, Thanks Wife: ‘I Owe Everythi - WTNZ FOX 43 Knoxville, TN

David Beckham Announces Retirement, Thanks Wife: ‘I Owe Everything To Victoria'


David Beckham is hanging up his cleats.

The 38-year-old soccer legend is retiring from the sport after a two-decade career, he announced on Thursday.

VIEW THE PHOTOS: David Beckham Strips Down For H&M

"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," David wrote in a post on his Facebook page. "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. I'm fortunate to have realised those dreams."

PHOTOS: Sexy Soccer Stud David Beckham

VIEW THE PHOTOS: Olympic Athletes & Their Celebrity Look-A-Likes

The athlete thanked his teammates, parents, managers and fans, as well as his famous wife, Victoria Beckham.

"I wouldn't have achieved what I have done today without my family… I owe everything to Victoria and the kids, who have given me the inspiration and support to play at the highest level for such a long period," he wrote.

PHOTOS: David Beckham's Underwear Ads

VIEW THE PHOTOS: Dancing With The Stars Season 16: The Semifinals

David – who has three sons and one daughter with Victoria — said he plans to stay very active following his retirement and is looking forward to having more time to devote to new projects.

"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," he wrote. "I'm fortunate to have been given many opportunities throughout my career and now I feel it's my time to give back."

VIEW THE PHOTOS: Elementary: Scenes From The Season 1 Finale

-- Erin O'Sullivan

Copyright 2013 by NBC Universal, Inc. All rights reserved.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Powered by WorldNow

9000 Executive Park Drive
Building D Suite 300
Knoxville, TN 37923

Phone #: 865-693-4343
Fax #'s:
General: 865-691-6904
Sales: 865-691-6770
Traffic: 865-691-7527

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2012 WorldNow and WTNZ. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.