David Beckham has removed any further doubt about his future by announcing his retirement early. He will retire at the end of this season, having spent the last five months at PSG in Paris, where he donated all of his earnings to a children`s charity.

Beckham made 115 appearances for England and 394 for Manchester United, winning six Premier League titles and the Champions League. He came to fame during his early years at Manchester United, where he came through the academy along with the likes of Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs and some other now famous names at other clubs. This group of players won the FA Youth Cup in 1992. Beckham went on to play for Preston to get some experience in 1994-5. Beckham returned to Manchester and finally made his Premier League debut for Manchester United on 2 April 1995.

Beckham won 6 premier League titles, 2 FA Cups, and a Champions League plus some other minor cups at Manchester United. He left and went to Real Madrid in La Liga where he won the La Liga title in 2006. After Real Madrid he went to the United States and played for L A Galaxy in the MLS league, where he won 2 MLS Cups, MLS Western Conference Winners (Regular Season) (3): 2009, 2010, 2011; Winners (Playoffs) (3): 2009, 2011, 2012. His final club was PSG where he won the French Ligue 1 title.

Beckham`s England career was a long one and for most of it he was captain. He eventually won 115 caps, putting him second in the all-time list behind Peter Shilton, and he scored 17 goals.

Whilst Beckham personal life has been the subject of constant dissection by the world media, he will be remembered by Manchester United fans fondly for his excellent free kicks and superb crosses from the wing.

Having watched David on many occasions at Old Trafford and having had the good fortune to meet him once, I would like to take this opportunity to say "Thanks for the memories".