Emotional Beckham bids adieu
A teary-eyed David Beckham described his Paris Saint-Germain send-off as 'perfect' after leading his team to victory over Brest in the final game at the Parc des Princes this season.
David Beckham left the Parc des Princes pitch in tears after playing what was almost certainly the final game of his career on Saturday night. The former England captain led Paris Saint-Germain out for their 3-1 victory over Stade Brestois, before coming off to a standing ovation in the 82th minute.
"Tonight was a nice way to go out, in front of my own fans," said an emotional Beckham, "It was a capacity crowd that were excited because we have won the league. The celebrations have been incredible so it was a nice way to walk off the pitch."
The 38-year-old was substituted late on for Argentine attacker Ezequiel Lavezzi, but not before a trademark corner had enabled Blaise Matuidi to grab PSG's second goal of the game. Veteran midfielder Beckham continued:
"The emotion started kicking in, it was hard to run, let alone kick a ball."
There is an outside chance that Beckham will feature at Lorient next Sunday in the final game of the season. However, with Lorient's pitch an artificial one, and the midfielder having ruptured his achilles tendon a couple of years ago, that looks unlikely.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic's brace threatened to divert attention from the former Manchester United man's evening, but with the cameras fixed on Beckham's family in attendance it was clear the night belonged to him.
'An amazing gesture'
"The emotions started kicking in earlier today, when the manager called me in and said 'we've spoken to the players, it's the players' idea - we want to make you captain.' It's really special for an Englishman to be captain of PSG - especially on a night that meant so much to the club and the players. It was an amazing gesture and one I'll always be thankful for."
Beckham retires having won league titles in England, Spain, the United States and now France. His name is still responsible for a quarter of the shirts sold by PSG. Beckham concluded by describing his send-off in the same terms many will now look back on his career:
"It couldn't have been any more perfect."