It’s Goodbye to Rita, Then: David Beckham Hangs up his Probably Very Expensive Cleats (Retires)

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by Kolby Solinsky

Editor, White Cover Magazine

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David Beckham is one of those names, one of those people, who exists so high and far above the world he lives in that it’s hard to imagine a time when he wasn’t here, or wasn’t on a soccer pitch.

Trascendent. That’s the word.

Now, maybe that’s because I’m just 25. But, the now-38-year-old English superstar has been a supernova to a sport that badly needed a North American re-Renaissance, to a country that could never use enough heroes, and to the settings of Woody Allen’s last three films – Spain, Italy, and France – where he joined high-profile rosters in the middle of championship runs, or championship almost runs.

“I’m thankful to Paris Saint-Germain for giving me the opportunity to continue, but I feel now is the right time to finish my career, playing at the highest level,” Beckham said in a statement, on Thursday.

“If you had told me as a young boy I would have played for and won trophies with my boyhood club Manchester United, proudly captain and played for my country over one hundreds times and lined up for some of the biggest clubs in the world, I would have told you it was a fantasy… I’m fortunate to have realized those dreams.”

Beckham is the only English to ever win four club titles in four separate countries – the United States, England, Spain, and France.

The question now becomes, what will Beckham do in retirement? And, you can’t imagine his retirement will be – or could be – very dormant.

Beckham has arguably been bigger off the pitch than on the pitch, especially in the last decade. Every time he made the trip to Vancouver as a member of the LA Galaxy, the media headlined lined their stories with his last name, and often Beckham’s simple presence on our green, West Coasted shores was a bigger story than the result of the game or even the performance of our own Whitecaps.

He became the world’s highest ever soccer player when he signed with Real Madrid in 2003 (for $41 million USD per year). He had a beer bottle thrown at him in Toronto, and then he unleashed a wicked corner kick for a Galaxy goal. His hairstyles have their own fan club.

Beckham’s H&M commercials were more noticeable than Wes Welker’s dropped passes in 2012’s Super Bowl, and his face has been passed around on more glassy People magazine covers than Bieber or anyone with the last name Hilton. He has hosted segments on Ellen and he married a Spice Girl.

(I can list all this off without batting an eyelash, but I couldn’t tell you how many goals he scored in any given season or even remember much besides this famous goal he scored when he was still an unknown Man United sprout.)

David Beckham is a true superstar and international celebrity, and one who was always gracious with his fans and every videographer who followed him.

He’ll retire, but I’d bet he’s far from done being David Beckham, and I think that’s a pretty darn good thing.

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