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David Beckham career highlights

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Los Angeles Galaxy's David Beckham during an MLS match against the Philadelphia Union, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010, in Chester, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) AP
Gallery: David Beckham retires from professional soccer

Highlights in the career of David Beckham, who will retire from soccer at the end of the season:

1975: Born May 2 in Leytonstone, East London. 

1991: Joins Manchester United as trainee.

1993: Signs professional contract at Old Trafford.

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  • 1996: Wins first FA Cup and Premier League title at Manchester United; Scores goal of season with shot from halfway line; Makes England debut against Moldova.

    1997: Wins second Premier League medal at United; Voted PFA Young Player of the Year.

    1998: Scores first England goal against Colombia at World Cup; Sent off against Argentina and briefly becomes hated figure in England.

    1999: Wins third Premier League title at Man United, along with FA Cup and Champions League trophies; Runner-up in World Player of the Year awards.

    2000: Wins fourth Premier League title medal at Man United; chosen England captain.

    2001: Wins fifth Premier League title at Man United; Curls in last-minute free kick against Greece to send England to World Cup.

    2003: Man United manager Alex Ferguson accidentally kicks boot into Beckham's face after FA Cup loss to Arsenal; wins sixth Premier League medal; Awarded OBE for services to soccer; moves to Real Madrid and wins Spanish Super Cup. 

    2004: Misses penalty as England loses to Portugal in shootout in Euro 2004 quarterfinals.

    2005: Captains England for 50th time in friendly against Argentina in Geneva. 

    2006: Quits as England captain after World Cup quarterfinal exit to Portugal; Dropped from England squad for friendly against Greece. 

    2007: Wins Spanish league with Real Madrid; Joins Major League Soccer club Los Angeles Galaxy on five-year contract; Gets England recall.

    2008: Makes 100th England appearance.

    2009: Joins AC Milan on loan; Wins 109th cap to break Bobby Moore's record for an outfield player, makes 115th and final appearance against Belarus.

    2010: Tears Achilles tendon and misses World Cup.

    2011: Wins MLS Cup with Galaxy.

    2012: Re-signs with Galaxy and wins second MLS Cup.

    2013: Signs five-month contract with Paris Saint-Germain, donating salary to a children's charity; PSG clinches French league title, Beckham becomes first Englishman to win league titles in four different countries. 

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