With that, the entire sports world reflects on a tenure that took the football star from a young kid delighting Manchester United fans to a global icon who has played in nearly every continent.
All the while, Beckham has transcended the pitch to affect everything from American opinions on the sport to references in every conceivable artistic medium.
Oh, and then there was the hair—or lack thereof.
We can talk at length about the impact this man has had on the sport he loves or his precision on the pitch that made him such a treat to watch.
For now, however, let's have a little fun with a look at the hairstyle choices of world football's most famous player.