British soccer superstar David Beckham has announced he will leave L.A. Galaxy after the Major League Soccer (MLS) Cup final, which will take place next month. Beckham added that despite leaving L.A. Galaxy, he would continue his playing career.
Beckham said in a statement: “I’ve had an incredibly special time playing for the L.A. Galaxy, however, I wanted to experience once last challenge before the end of my playing career. I don’t see this as the end of my relationship with the league (MLS) as my ambition is to be part of the ownership structure in the future.” In his initial deal with the league, Beckham had an option that allowed him to take future ownership role in a franchise if he wished.
According to The Chicago Tribune, the 37-year-old midfielder, who is married to ex-Spice Girl turner fashion designer Victoria Beckham, has spent six seasons with the L.A. Galaxy. He used to play for Manchester United and Real Madrid and is considered by some one of the leagues best players.
“In my time here I have seen the popularity of the game grow every year. 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,” Beckham added. “Soccer’s potential has no limits in this wonderful country and I want to always be part of growing it.”
Beckham’s final game with L.A. Galaxy will be on December 1 in the MLS Cup against Houston Dynamo. His management team has denied that he has plans to move to Australia’s A-League following his departure from L.A. Galaxy.