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Say goodbye to Beckham: Player to leave L.A. Galaxy after MLS Cup final (+video)

Soccer superstar David Beckham announced he will leave the L.A. Galaxy at the end of the season. Some speculate Beckham's next move may be a return to England.

By Simon EvansReuters / November 19, 2012


Former England captain David Beckham will leave L.A. Galaxy after next month's Major League Soccer (MLS) Cup final but intends to continue his playing career.

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The 37-year-old midfielder said in a statement: "I've had an incredibly special time playing for the L.A. Galaxy, however, I wanted to experience one last challenge before the end of my playing career.

"I don't see this as the end of my relationship with the league (MLS) as my ambition is to be part of the ownership structure in the future."

While age has taken its toll on his on-field ability, Beckham, who is married to ex-Spice Girl turned fashion designer Victoria, remains one of the most marketable figures in the game.

His management on Friday denied he had plans to move to Australia's A-League though his decision to leave the Galaxy will prompt speculation over his next destination, with a return to England sure to be another option floated.

Beckham has spent six seasons with the Galaxy and in January signed a new two-year contract after winning the MLS title with the club.

The former Manchester United and Real Madrid player will play his final game on Dec. 1 in the MLS Cup final against Houston Dynamo at Galaxy's Home Depot Center.

Beckham earned 115 caps for England, won six league titles with Manchester United in the Premier League and then enjoyed league success with Real in Spain.

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