Struggling to hold back tears in the closing moments, David Beckham recorded an assist in his final professional match Saturday as Paris Saint-Germain defeated Brest 3-1 in Ligue 1 play at Parc des Princes.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic notched a brace, and Beckham’s assist came on a cross following a corner to Blaise Matuidi in the 31st minute.
The 38-year-old from Leytonstone announced his retirement earlier this week, and was awarded a standing ovation from the crowd after he was substituted in the 82nd.
Though he’s only played with PSG for five months, Beckham’s teammates then tossed him in the air for a proper send off.
At times his global celebrity may have eclipsed his play, but Beckham proved himself a champion during every stop in his career.
After 22 years, Beckham began his career with Manchester United and captured six Premier League titles. From there he won a La Liga championship with Real Madrid, two more with the Los Angeles Galaxy of the MLS, and helped PSG lift their first trophy since 1994.
He is also second in English history with 115 international appearances, and 17 goals.
"The emotion started kicking in, it was hard to run, let alone kick a ball," Beckham said following the match according to BBC News.
"I still feel good, but I know it's the right time [to retire]."