The Daily Mail has “sources in Paris” who say so. But my inner Rob Beal detector says to be wary. Here’s the scoop from the paper:
Despite the offer of an extended one-year deal at Paris Saint-German, sources in Paris have told Sportsmail that the 38-year-old has played his last game, bowing out on a high after helping Carlo Ancelotti’s side win the French title for the first time in 19 years.
When approached for comment by Sportsmail, Beckham’s representative was today unavailable.
If true, it’s hardly a major footballing development. Still, despite George Best’s famous and ultimately kind of accurate quote—”He cannot kick with his left foot, he cannot head a ball, he cannot tackle and he doesn’t score many goals. Apart from that he’s all right”—Beckham has likely done as much if not more to popularize football than Lionel Messi.
Anyway, this is pretty goddamn tenuous so maybe put the hankies away just for now…
UPDATE: Yeah, it’s legit, or at least Rob Harris says it is:
BREAKING: David Beckham says he is retiring. Details now on @ap
— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) May 16, 2013