(Eds: With AP Photos.) By JOHN LEICESTER AP Sports Columnist Like his former Manchester United boss, Alex Ferguson, David Beckham picked the right time and best way to retire - as a winner and before the worst ravages of age became painfully apparent.
It always was a stretch to believe that Beckham, at 38, would or should sign up again with Paris Saint-Germain for what would have been his 22nd season of professional football.
Given all he has already achieved in the sport and the undeniable fact that the years were clearly sneaking up on Beckham, what would have been the point? Another year of bench-warming and bit parts in Paris wouldn't have added anything of great substance to a career that hit its zenith more than a decade ago, under Ferguson at United.
Even if PSG did win its first French league title since 1994, Beckham's final four-month stint in Paris this season felt more like a long goodbye than a glorious ending to his journey through football.
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