Beckham says goodbye

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  • The Don arrives

    David Beckham celebrates after putting himself in the spotlight by scoring from the halfway line against Wimbledon in 1996.

    Spice up your life

    David Beckham began dating the Spice Girls' Victoria Adams in 1997, leading to concerns over his celebrity lifestyle.

    Public enemy

    David Beckham kicked out at Argentina's Diego Simeone at the 1998 World Cup. Beckham was sent off and became a hate figure in England.

    Best things in life are three

    David Beckham set up both goals as Man U came from behind to beat Bayern Munich in the Champions League and complete the treble.

  • Greek god

    David Beckham's stunning late free kick against Greece in 2001 secured England's place at the 2002 World Cup.

    One of the best

    In 2001, David Beckham finished runner-up in the FIFA World Player of the Year award for a second time. This time, he lost out to Luis Figo.

    A spot of redemption

    David Beckham converted a penalty to give England a 1-0 victory over Argentina in the 2002 World Cup group stage.

    Beckham eyes his exit

    David Beckham's troubled relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson was laid bare in February 2003, when the manager kicked a boot at the player, leaving him with a cut above his eye.

  • Moving to Madrid

    David Beckham, pictured with Alfredo Di Stefano, was sold to Real Madrid in the summer of 2003.

    Captain cut loose

    David Beckham stepped down as England captain after the 2006 World Cup disappointment, and then for a time found himself surplus given the requirements of manager Steve McClaren.

    Living La Liga loca

    David Beckham celebrates with his Real Madrid team-mates after claiming La Liga title success in 2007.

    From La Liga to LA Galaxy

    David Beckham made the decision to play in the U.S. with the Los Angeles Galaxy when he left Real Madrid.

  • The Italian job

    David Beckham agreed to join AC Milan on loan in December 2008.

    Record breaker

    David Beckham, having fought his way back into the team, won the last of his 115 England caps in a 3-0 victory over Belarus at Wembley in October 2009.

    Back home

    David Beckham made an emotional return to Old Trafford during a second loan spell with AC Milan in 2010.

    American dream

    David Beckham left the L.A. Galaxy after helping the team to glory in the 2012 MLS Cup.

  • French fancy

    David Beckham agreed to a short-term contract with Paris Saint-Germain in January 2013.

    Easy as PSG

    David Beckham ended his career with Ligue 1 title success at PSG.