We all knew this day would come sooner rather than later.
As David Beckham entered his 38th year, an age by which most professional footballers have retired already, it was obvious there was not long left of Becks' career timeline.
On May 16th, 2013, it became official—David Beckham, according to bbc.co, announced he would be retiring from playing at the end of this current season.
Since making his debut for Manchester United in 1992, Beckham has risen to become one of the most recognizable people on the planet, transcending the sport into the world of global celebrity thanks to his pop star wife, a long list of endorsements and ambassadorial roles and his handsome appearance.
With all the off-field buzz that surrounds Beckham, it is sometimes overlooked what phenomenal accomplishments he has achieved in his playing career.
Beckham is the most capped outfield player in England history, the only Englishman to have won championships in four different countries and he has accumulated over 20 major team trophies during his career.
Here is a look back at David Beckham's illustrious career.