David Beckham—like he's done so many times before—finished his career a winner, with Paris Saint Germain running out 3-1 winners over Brest in the final game.
Having lit up the world with his dazzling skills in England, Spain, the United States and now France, Beckham's decision to call it quits did come as somewhat of a surprise. Then again, so did his move over the transfer window to join the French club in the first place.
And whilst it might not seem like it just yet, the fact is that Beckham's presence and success in the French capital could very well have a long-term impact for PSG.
Simply having him around in 2013 could lead to great long-term success.
Now that might seem like an overreaction and simply more hype surrounding the 38-year-old, but it is the reality. Beckham's presence shows that a club is heading in the right direction. The success he so often has at those clubs further proves that to be the case. His incredible trophy cabinet—filled from victories from around the world—would also testify to his success.
However, what will be most significant for PSG is the longevity of that success.
Having won their first league title in 19 years once Beckham arrived at the club, PSG finally began to show that their millions of dollars purchasing players like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva, Lucas Moura and plenty more, was finally worth it.
And what's more, they showed that they can be a competitive force in the Champions League—a competition they'll be back in after their Ligue 1 success.
The atmosphere in the French club at the moment is one of excitement, not one of sadness about Beckham's departure. That much can be seen from their final game against Brest, where Jerome Pugmire (Associated Press) reports that the scenes in Paris looked like they were at one big party.
PSG's players walked out to a thunderous reception and with Nirvana's “Smells like Teen Spirit” reverberating around the Parc des Princes stadium. PSG right back Christophe Jallet dyed his hair in the blue, white and red of the French flag, while the players all wore next season’s team jerseys.
It was optimism, not disappointment, that was the focal point of Beckham's last game, and if the success he's had previously is anything to go by, PSG are in for a wild ride in the near future.
Following his departure, Manchester United have won six Premier League titles, numerous league cups and the Champions League. Real Madrid have had similar success in La Liga, and whilst his success at the Los Angeles Galaxy is not yet known, we can only assume it will be just as powerful.
Paris Saint Germain have every right to be excited about what the future might bring, for their short-term success with Beckham has been a rousing success.
They're continuing to land some of the biggest stars in world football and, perhaps most importantly, they have supporters excited about the future of the club.
No amount of money or managing can do that—only the players can—and thanks to Beckham, PSG have once again captured the hearts of the French capital.
He has established a great culture in his short time there, and whatever future success that the French club has will no doubt come back to that fact.
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