Highlights in the career of David Beckham, who said Thursday he will retire from soccer at the end of the season:
1975 — Born May 2 in Leytonstone, East London.
1991 — Joins Manchester United as trainee.
1993 — Signs professional contract at Old Trafford.
1996 — Wins first FA Cup and Premier League title at Manchester United; Scores goal of season with shot from halfway line; Makes England debut against Moldova.
1997 — Wins second Premier League medal at United; Voted PFA Young Player of the Year.
1998 — Scores first England goal against Colombia at World Cup; Sent off against Argentina and briefly becomes hated figure in England.
1999 — Wins third Premier League title at Man United, along with FA Cup and Champions League trophies; Runner-up in World Player of the Year awards.
2000 — Wins fourth Premier League title medal at Man United; chosen England captain.
2001 — Wins fifth Premier League title at Man United; Curls in last-minute free kick against Greece to send England to World Cup.
2003 — Man United manager Alex Ferguson accidentally kicks boot into Beckham's face after FA Cup loss to Arsenal; wins sixth Premier League medal; Awarded OBE for services to soccer; moves to Real Madrid and wins Spanish Super Cup.
2004 — Misses penalty as England loses to Portugal in shootout in Euro 2004 quarterfinals.
2005 — Captains England for 50th time in friendly against Argentina in Geneva.
2006 — Quits as England captain after World Cup quarterfinal exit to Portugal; Dropped from England squad for friendly against Greece.
2007 — Wins Spanish league with Real Madrid; Joins Major League Soccer club Los Angeles Galaxy on five-year contract; Gets England recall.
2008 — Makes 100th England appearance.
2009 — Joins AC Milan on loan; Wins 109th cap to break Bobby Moore's record for an outfield player, makes 115th and final appearance against Belarus.
2010 — Tears Achilles tendon and misses World Cup.
2011 — Wins MLS Cup with Galaxy.
2012 — Re-signs with Galaxy and wins second MLS Cup.
2013 — Signs five-month contract with Paris Saint-Germain, donating salary to a children's charity; PSG clinches French league title, Beckham becomes first Englishman to win league titles in four different countries.