Beckham career officially over as PSG leave him out of final game before retirement

By Mike Dawes

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David Beckham's illustrious professional career has officially come to a close after he was left out of the Paris St Germain squad to play Lorient at the Stade du Moustoir tomorrow on the final weekend of the French season.

The 38-year-old tearfully walked off the Parc des Princes pitch to a tremendous reception from both his team-mates and the crowd after being substituted in the 3-1 win over Brest last week, when the Parisians celebrated their Ligue 1 title triumph.

Tears: An emotional Beckham walks off the pitch after PSG's title win on May 13

Tears: An emotional Beckham walks off the pitch after PSg's last match

Tears: An emotional Beckham walks off the pitch after PSG's title win on May 13

The manner of the former Manchester United, Real Madrid and AC Milan midfielder's exit coupled with the artificial surface the Brittany club use had given rise to rumours that Beckham had already played his final match.

And that was confirmed today when coach Carlo Ancelotti unveiled his squad for the trip to Lorient, with Beckham's name the obvious omission.

Success: Beckham's short time at PSG was a success, as his side won the Ligue 1 title

Success: Beckham's short time at PSG was a success, as his side won the Ligue 1 title

Success: Beckham's short time at PSG was a success, as his side won the Ligue 1 title

The news brings the curtain down on a career which has taken the former England captain from phenomenal success with Manchester United to spells with Real Madrid, Los Angeles Galaxy, AC Milan and PSG.

During a period of just over 20 years, Beckham amassed 19 trophies and 115 England caps.

Farewell: Beckham's career spread over 20 years, and he left a mark everywhere he went

Farewell: Beckham's career spread over 20 years, and he left a mark everywhere he went

 


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He's been in semi-retirement since he left Real Madrid.

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Goodbye David A sparkling career for a top athlete

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Beckhams career was over the day he moved to the US to play MLS...

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Robben what a player. Could and probably should have had a hattrick but compare and contrast his influence to that of his opposite winger Ribery and its night and day. If Pep really doesn't want him what a signing he will be for someone.

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When did someone last write something interesting about that ex winger of Man U?

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Theres no crying in football!

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croc tears

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Why does the fact they have an artificial surface rule him out? What would it matter of he became injured in his last ever game? Great player though, a consumate professional and a decent chap.

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I bet he is disappointed as an east end boy is not Lorient his home town team

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Still don't get why he didn't just come back to Manchester United on a free transfer, at least he could pass the ball to the striker's.

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