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A look at some ups and downs in the career of David Beckham

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    FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2002 file photo, Manchester United's David Beckham, right, celebrates his goal against Zalaegerszeg of Hungary with teammate Philip Neville, left, during their UEFA Champions League qualifying match in Manchester, England. Beckham says he is retiring from soccer at the end of the season. The 38-year-old Beckham recently won a league title in a fourth country with Paris Saint-Germain. He has become a global superstar since starting his career at Manchester United. (AP Photo/Max Nash, FIle) (The Associated Press)

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    FILE - In this June 1, 2007 file photo, England's soccer star David Beckham reacts after he missed a free-kick and hit the goalpost during an exhibition soccer match against Brazil, at Wembley Stadium in London. Beckham says he is retiring from soccer at the end of the season. The 38-year-old Beckham recently won a league title in a fourth country with Paris Saint-Germain. He has become a global superstar since starting his career at Manchester United. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File) (The Associated Press)

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    FILE - This is a Sunday, Jan. 15, 2006 file photo of Real Madrid's David Beckham, left, as he congratulates goalscorer Zinedine Zidane during their Spanish league soccer match against Sevilla at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid, Spain. David Beckham is retiring from soccer after the season, ending a career in which he become a global superstar since starting his career at Manchester United. The 38-year-old Englishman recently won a league title in a fourth country with Paris Saint-Germain. He said in a statement Thursday May 16, 2013 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." (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue, File) (The Associated Press)

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    FILE - In this June 25, 2006 file photo, England's David Beckham celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Round of 16 World Cup soccer match against Ecuador in Stuttgart, Germany. Beckham says he is retiring from soccer at the end of the season. The 38-year-old Beckham recently won a league title in a fourth country with Paris Saint-Germain. He has become a global superstar since starting his career at Manchester United. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, FIle) (The Associated Press)

Some up and downs in the career of David Beckham, who on Thursday announced his retirement from soccer:

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Up: Signs professional contract with Manchester United in 1993 and helps team win Premier League-FA Cup double in 1996. United wins league title again a year later.

Down: Gets red card for kicking Diego Simeone in England's second-round match against Argentina at 1998 World Cup in France. Some angry England fans blame him for loss and hang him in effigy.

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Up: Helps Man United win Champions League-Premier League-FA Cup treble in 1999, and becomes captain of England in 2000. In 2001, scores last-second free kick against Greece to qualify England for 2002 World Cup.

Down: Leaves Man United for Real Madrid after shoe kicked by manager Alex Ferguson hits Beckham in eye in 2003. A year later, former personal aide Rebecca Loos said she and Beckham had 10-day affair. He dismisses that as "ludicrous" and "absurd."

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Up: Scores from free kick against Ecuador to put England into 2006 World Cup quarterfinals, but limps off field in next match because of injury and breaks down in tears. A day later, Beckham steps down as captain.

Down: Not included in Steve McClaren's first squad as England coach.

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Up: After being dropped by Real Madrid coach Fabio Capello following his decision to move to Los Angeles Galaxy, Beckham works his way back into starting lineup and helps team win Spanish league title. His good form earns a recall to England squad. In 2008 he sets record for most England appearances for a player other than a goalkeeper, and finishes with 115.

Down: Injures his Achilles tendon while playing on loan at AC Milan and is ruled out of 2010 World Cup.

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Up: Wins two MLS titles with Galaxy and then another with Paris Saint-Germain this season, making him a league champion in four countries.