The date: 18th of May 2013 – The career of David Beckham has come to a close. A wonderful career that saw him play in England, Spain, the United States, Italy and France brought him titles in four of those countries. Despite one game remaining on the French Ligue 1 calendar it looks as though he has played his last game.
Carlo Ancelotti, the Paris Saint Germain manager, gave Beckham the honour to captain the side on his final home appearance in the win against Brest. An emotional Beckham was subbed out in the 81st minute saluting his local supporters for the last time.
The game will not be the same losing a player and figure such as he. His career has been the most followed by fans and foes and aside from making an impact on the field he was the most marketable player off it.
Many say that he was not the best player in his teams’ throughout his career. He was adaptable and skilful enough to know how to play the game to his best capability. His set piece abilities made him the most feared player on free kick duties. A professional career spanning 20 years ensued and allowed him to play at the top level till the very end.
With Beckham other famous players will also say goodbye to their playing careers on this weekend. Jamie Carragher of Liverpool, Michael Owen, once of Liverpool, Real Madrid and Newcastle, Paul Scholes of Manchester United and Phil Neville of Everton and the ex-Manchester United man will all take part in their final match.
Of-course Sir Alex Ferguson will retire from management and will take up a director’s role at Manchester United. He said goodbye to the Old Trafford faithful last week.
Good luck to all these men (and to those unmentioned). Football will not be the same without you!