David Beckham Leaving LA Galaxy

November 20, 2012 By:
David Beckham Leaving LA Galaxy

Shut it down, Hollyscoopers…

David Beckham—the man famous for his tattoos and pouting wife, who also plays soccer—has officially announced that he is done playing the field in the U.S.—the football field that is.

The British athlete released an official statement to the Associated Press, detailing his decision.

“I’ve had an incredibly special time playing for the L.A. Galaxy,” Beckham said. “However, I wanted to experience one last challenge before the end of my playing career. I don’t see this as the end of my relationship with the league, as my ambition is to be part of the ownership structure in the future. 

Beckham has played stateside for the Los Angeles Galaxy for six seasons now. He will play his last game in the team’s uniform on December 1 in the MLS league final against Houston, the second consecutive trip to the championship that Beckham has lead them to.

“In my time here I have seen the popularity of the game grow every year,” Beckham added. “I’ve been fortunate to win trophies, but more important to me has been the fantastic reception I’ve had from fans in L.A. and across the States. Soccer’s potential has no limits in this wonderful country, and I want to always be part of growing it.”

He infamously signed a two-year contract extension to the L.A.-based squad after completing his initial five-year deal and turning down pocket-lining deals with overseas clubs.

While we're unsure what David’s next move will be, the 37-year-old stud has made it clear that he isn’t retiring from the sport.

He has also denied rumors that he’d like to relocate to Australia to play the game there.

To Tim Leiwke, the president of the team’s owners AEG, there’s no doubt he’ll be missed.

“David not only took our franchise to another level, but he took our sport to another level It has been an honor and privilege to be a part of his world, and more importantly, to have him be a part of ours,” said Leiwke.