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19 May 2013 13:17:03

Becks in emotional Paris farewell

Retiring midfielder David Beckham declared Saturday's match at the Parc des Princes "couldn't have been any more perfect" after captaining Ligue 1 champions Paris St Germain and leaving the pitch in tears in what appeared to be the final match of his decorated career.

After announcing in midweek that he would hang up his boots at the end of the season, Beckham was handed the armband before producing a vintage performance as the capital club defeated already-relegated Brest 3-1 in their penultimate game of the campaign.

"Tonight was a nice way to go out - in front of my own fans, in front of a capacity crowd that were excited because we've won the league. The celebrations have been incredible, so it's a nice way to walk off the pitch," he said on Sky Sports News. "To go out like I did tonight couldn't have been any more perfect."

There is an outside chance he will feature at Lorient next Sunday, but the 38-year-old made a perhaps telling emotional exit in the 82nd minute by hugging most of his team-mates to a standing ovation before making way for Ezequiel Lavezzi.

Asked whether he could feature next weekend, he replied: "We'll see. There's a plastic pitch next weekend. I ruptured my Achilles a few years ago, so it's not great for it. Like I said, tonight was very special. I'll be part of the team next week. Whether I play or not, who knows?"

Beckham was particularly touched by the honour of skippering the team and said he would be forever grateful.

"That started my emotions kicking in earlier today, when the manager called me in and said 'we've spoken to the players, it's the players' idea - we want to make you captain'," the former England captain said.

"It's really special for an Englishman to be captain of PSG - especially on a night that meant so much to the club and the players. It was an amazing gesture and one I'll always be thankful for."

Zlatan Ibrahimovic threatened to overshadow the former Manchester United man's night with a brace in between Blaise Matuidi's strike in the first half, but it was clear to see the evening belonged to Beckham.

On his tearful farewell to the players before leaving the field, he continued: "It (the emotion) started 20 minutes before then. The emotions started kicking in. It was hard to run, let alone kick a ball. It was an emotional night. To see the reaction of the players, of the fans, when I came off was special."


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