Legendary athlete David Beckham bid an emotional farewell on Saturday to the sport that has made him a household name for more than two decades.
The soccer star (or football, as it’s known in the rest of the world), played his final home game for Paris Saint-Germain on May 18 after announcing his retirement last week.
As he left the field for the last time, the crowd rose to their feet and erupted in applause. Beckham walked slowly off the pitch, wiping tears from his eyes.
“To end my career in front of a crowd like that, with players like that, it’s very special,” he said following the game. “It started about 20 minutes before that, to be honest. I started thinking and then, you know, I couldn’t concentrate by then, and it was difficult. You know, you try to hold the emotion back because it is what it is, but it’s difficult.”
Beckham, 38, started his professional career with Manchester United in 1992. Since then, he has played for several other teams including Real Madrid and Los Angeles Galaxy.
Off the field, he is the doting father to sons Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz and daughter Harper, his four children with wife (and former Spice Girl) Victoria Beckham
As for what will come next for this adorable dad…”After 22 years of playing football I’m going to take a few months to enjoy time with my family,” he told reporters.
Watch the video of his emotional farewell below:
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