Beckham plays final home match to tears and cheers

Mgn Online
Sunday, May 19, 2013 - 12:27pm

With tears streaming down his face, David Beckham said farewell in his final home game as a professional footballer Saturday.

Made captain for the night by Paris Saint Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti, he played his full part in a 3-1 win for the new French champions over Brest.

But on 82 minutes, with the realization that his glittering 847-game career was winding down, the raw emotion of the moment got the better of the most iconic player of his generation.

Given a standing ovation by the near 45,000 strong capacity crowd in the Parc des Princes, Beckham hugged teammates and opponents before being substituted by Ezequiel Lavezzi.

Family and friends, including his pop star wife Victoria, were in the stands to watch him.

He had even donned a special pair of commemorative boots for the occasion -- bearing the date May 18 and the names of his children, Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz and Harper.

Beckham was going out on a high, although PSG have an away match at Lorient to complete a triumphant season.

It was his 10th league championship title -- won with four clubs -- Manchester United, Real Madrid, Los Angeles Galaxy and now PSG, the players lifting the trophy after their final home match.

The former England captain joined them for the run-in to the season and quickly won over the fans as she showed that despite his 38 years he had lost none of his trademark skills.

It was on display again in his farewell appearance, with raking cross-field balls regularly finding the target and he made the assist on PSG's second goal.

PSG made a flying start with star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic putting them ahead in the fifth minute.

Beckham's corner proved the assist for Blaise Matuidi to score the second with Ibrahimovic blasting the third before halftime with a thunderous free kick.

Charlison Benschop pulled a late goal back for already relegated Brest, but it could not spoil the celebrations -- which went on long after the final whistle as the entire PSG squad, Beckham included, were paraded ahead of the trophy celebration.
 

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