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article imageOp-Ed: Footballer David Beckham hangs up his boots

By Eileen Kersey     May 17, 2013 in Sports
London - David Beckham has announced his retirement from football a week after his former Manchester United boss announced he was retiring as the club's manager.
David Beckham may have not been England's finest football player ever, but he is perhaps the UK's most famous player. News that he is about to hang up his boots and retire from football has attracted a great deal of attention.
Becks is known as much for his hairstyles down the years, his marriage to Victoria formerly Posh Spice, his skills as a Dad, his tattoos and his brand. David may be retiring from football but "brand Beckham" is set to continue.
As the Daily Mail reports "The former Man United star shone brightly at top of the game for 20 years". As captain of the England squad he won a record 115 caps but sadly never led the team to victory in competitions such as the World Cup. He had much better success with Manchester united. Beckham told the MailOnline 'I’m fortunate to have realised my dreams,' adding: 'Now is the right time at end my career, playing at the highest level'.
Tributes have poured in as Becks remains a much loved and respected player in the UK even though he has played abroad in recent years. He has however had his "down" moments during his long career.
An alleged spat with manager Sir Alex Ferguson left Becks with a gash on his forehead. An angry Sir Alex was accused of kicking a football boot in anger, in the dressing room, which found its mark on Becks. Sir Alex refused to apologise and Becks made sure the world and its wife knew about his injury. A headband held back his then long hair and a band-aid marked the spot.
At the time Becks, aged 27, had limped off the field with a leg injury. A substitution was made by Ferguson but the game was lost 0-2 at home to Arsenal, and Manchester United were out of the FA Cup. The incident appeared to tarnish both men's working relationship and Becks moved on to pastures new, leaving behind huge boots to fill.
Still the public loved David, didn't they? Well not all of the time. Remember World Cup '98? Becks petulantly kicked out at a player, was sent off and he was blamed for England's lack of success in yet another competition. For a time Becks was persona non grata in the UK as the media and football fans went overboard on lambasting Beckham.
Just like all superstars, especially those who found fame at a young age Becks was prone to his tantrums and petulant outbursts in the heat of the game.
He threw himself wholeheartedly into the game after such incidents and came back out on top. He is a fighter. When he was "on the money" though Becks played like the best of the best. He flew around the field sending seemingly rocket propelled balls into the back of net. David has matured well as a person and a player. He had his 38th birthday on May 2 though and knows his time at the top of the game is gone. His playing skills will wane with age but he may still be able to use his knowledge as a coach or manager.
As Chris Moyes moves into Sir Alex Ferguson's role as boss of Man U could Becks move into the one he is vacating at Everton? No, but then you never know.
As Digital Journal reported in January, David and Victoria's son Brooklyn tried out for Chelsea in January so maybe Beck's future lies with this son and the rest of his children?
One certainty is that whatever role he takes on he will be successful. Becks is a winner, through and through.
Digital Journal update:
His tearful goodbye to football follows. Have a box of tissues to hand.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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