Beckham leaves pitch in tears after being substituted for final time

Posted by Chris Wright

After 20 years in the business, David Beckham made the final appearance of his career at the Parc des Princes Saturday, as freshly-crowned Ligue 1 champions PSG sent the 38-year-old veteran off into retirement with a 3-1 victory over Brest in their penultimate game of the season.

With coach Carlo Ancelotti already stating that Beckham probably won't be featuring for PSG against Lorient next weekend as his geriatric ankles won't be able to cope with the plastic pitch at the Stade du Moustoir, Becks was given the hero's sendoff when his number came up in the 82nd minute of the win over Brest.

The game was halted several minutes while a tearful Beckham -- who joined PSG last January -- hugged it out with his PSG teammates (most of whom had dyed their hair red, white and blue in tribute to their departing British comrade) and every other person on the Parisian staff before he finally made it back to his seat on the bench...



After the game, Beckham saluted the 44,983-strong Parc des Princes crowd, who chanted "Merci, David" in unison as he addressed them:

"I want to say thank you to everybody in Paris. To my teammates, to the staff, to the fans. It's been very special to finish my career here. It could not have been any more special.

"I just feel that it's the right time. I feel that I've achieved everything that I could in my career. I wanted to go out as a champion. I've finished my career in a team that has treated me like I've been here for 10 years.

"Merci, Paris! I'm very sad to be leaving, but thank you."

Awww. Bless.

Farewell Davey Boy. We have a strange feeling it won't be too long until our paths cross again.

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