Saturday night, famed soccer player David Beckham fought back tears as he played his last home soccer game. The 38-year-old former England captain left the field, overwhelmed after helping his team, Paris St-Germain, to a 3-1 victory over Brest in Paris. Beckham announced his retirement from the sport last week.
Beckham walked off the field at the 81st minute and fans — including former French President Nicolas Sarkozy — chanted his name. Upon hearing the chants, Beckham became tearful and humbled.
Afterward, he was then tossed in the air by his fellow players after the final whistle.
“I want to say thank you to everybody in Paris, to my team-mates, to the staff, to the fans,” Beckham said at the end of the game, . “To finish my career here could not be any more special… I want to enjoy my family now; I have all the souvenirs I want now so I’m very, very happy. Merci Paris. I’m very sad to be leaving but thank you.”
Beckham became a soccer phenomenon, giving new life and a tremendous spotlight to the sport of soccer. In fact his signature moves became the inspiration behind the film Bend It Like Beckham.
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