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David Beckham's distinguished soccer career will come to an end at the conclusion of this season, according to multiple reports.

Beckham, who currently plays for Paris Saint-Germain in France's top soccer league, will retire at the end of the season, the Associated Press and Channel 4 in Great Britain say.

The 38-year-old Englishman recently won a league title in a fourth country with Paris Saint-Germain. He said in a statement Thursday he is "thankful to PSG for giving me the opportunity to continue but I feel now is the right time to finish my career, playing at the highest level."

A two-time runner up as FIFA's World Player of the Year, Beckham also spent five years playing for the Los Angeles Galaxy in Major League Soccer. He was also the first player to participate in 100 UEFA Champions League matches.

Beckham's career also saw him star for Manchester United in the English Premier League and Real Madrid in Spain's top flight.

His international career included six years as captain of England's national team. Beckham has made 115 appearances for England - a record for a player other than a goalkeeper.

"If you had told me as a young boy I would have played for and won trophies with my boyhood club Manchester United, proudly captained and played for my country over one hundred times and lined up for some of the biggest clubs in the world, I would have told you it was a fantasy. I'm fortunate to have realized those dreams," Beckham said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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