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David Beckham Discusses Potentially Coming out of Retirement

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Rory MarsdenFeatured ColumnistJune 3, 2014

David Beckham has suggested that he may come out of retirement and play football again after admitting he is finding it difficult just watching from the sidelines.

The former Manchester United and Real Madrid star hung up his boots last year after a short period at French side Paris St-Germain.

But he admitted on a new BBC documentary—David Beckham: Into The Unknown—that he was considering a return to the field, per Robert Dex in The Independent:

Now I go to watch a basketball game and, when you are watching athletes play at the top of their game, for me it gives me that itch again and I want to be back in the game then and I start thinking to myself 'Could I play again? Could I go back? Could I come out of retirement and start playing again?

The ex-England captain is currently in the process of setting up his own Major League Soccer team in Miami, and added that he could turn out for the side: "There's never been a player-owner but maybe?"

Beckham is currently based in Florida with his family, and before his swan-song at PSG, spent five years at MLS side LA Galaxy. 

While the 39-year-old admitted he has enjoyed his time out of the game, it seems he is itching for a return to football.

He had enormous success in his career, winning six Premier League titles, a La Liga crown, a Champions League and the Ligue 1 title in his final season, as well as earning 115 international caps for England, per the Metro. 

His arrival in Los Angeles signalled a watershed moment for football in America, and on his departure from the club in 2012, MLS executive vice-president of communications Dan Courtemanche described his contribution to the league as "immeasurable," per Mark Staniforth in The Independent. 

While his name alone is enough to give his new MLS franchise a boost as they set up, if he were to return as a player for his new team, the publicity would likely be invaluable.

However, whether he would be able to perform at a high level would remain to be seen. Many sports star have tried and failed to make a return after retirement. 

Let's hope that Beckham—a global sports icon who is famous across the globe—does not rush into any decisions when it comes to a return to the field.  

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