David Beckham called it quits on his footballing career seven years ago today. The suave looking Londoner, adopted by the Mancs, finished his days in the professional game by winning the Ligue 1 title with Paris Saint-Germain.
Beckham played 14 times for the French giants before calling it a day. The famous images of PSG players bowing as he left the pitch, the tears from Becks himself as he tried to jog around but clearly lacked match fitness, the chants from the Parc des Princes and more. It'll forever be remembered as one of football's most famous departing moments.
One more flick of his effortlessly perfect hair after Ezequiel Lavezzi jumbled it up for him, before hugging Carlo Ancelotti in his last ever act on the pitch, just as his tears flowed onto the French grass. It was a truly sad moment for any football fan growing up in the 2000s.
Soon after, Beckham would lift the Ligue 1 title, becoming the first-ever Englishman to win four championships in four different countries, and of course, he donned the St. George's flag like a cape, lifting the title like the English hero he always was.
In truth, no footballer in the modern era has transformed the beautiful game and captured a generation like he did. Forget the Total 90 era, the old-school Pepsi ads, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, it was Beckham who was the man who took over the walls of the late 90s kids, and forced us all to stare endlessly into the mirror to perfect our horrific mohawks.
After that goal against Wimbledon, the 21-year-old became a superstar and his Tom Cruise-esque locks and charming stature quickly took over the world, and, his footballing greatness wasn't too far behind his immeasurable fame, either.