May 16, 2013 3:33 PM GMT
Sky NewsFormer England captain David Beckham has announced that he is to retire from professional football.
The 38-year-old - who has played for Manchester United, Real Madrid, AC Milan and Los Angeles Galaxy - is set to turn down the offer of an extended one-year deal at current club Paris Saint-Germain (PSG).
After winning the French title with the club, Beckham said he wanted to finish his career on a high.
"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.
He has just two more matches left at PSG, where his salary has been going to a children's charity.
The retirement brings to an end a glittering career; as well as winning league titles in Spain, Italy and England, he also holds the record for making 115 international appearances as an outfield player.
There were highs and lows in Beckham's international career. He was blamed for England's elimination from the 1998 World Cup for a red card against Argentina, but scored the winning goal against the same team in Japan four years later.
Tributes from friends and colleagues in the game, but also from celebrities and even the Prime Minister serve as a reminder of how Beckham's fame spread beyond the football world.
David Cameron said he had enjoyed a "fantastic career as an outstanding footballer and an outstanding ambassador".
Former England striker Gary Lineker tweeted: "David Beckham has retired. A wonderful player, global superstar and a magnificent ambassador for England and football."
Beckham has taken up an increasing number of high profile roles off the pitch.
He is currently an ambassador for Chinese football, and last month partnered with Sky to champion the benefits of youth sport.
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