David Beckham announced his retirement from professional football on Thursday and the declaration was not lost on players from all corners of the globe.
Below are a host of players praising Beckham for a remarkable playing career which brought about six Premier League titles, one Champions League trophy, two FA Cups, one La Liga triumph, two MLS Cups and a French Ligue 1 title among other pieces of silverware.
Our favourite Twitter contributor Joey Barton kicks us off with plenty of kind words for the retiring veteran.
Just came off the golf course to hear about David Beckham's retirement from football. Having played against him this season, I feel he...— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) May 16, 2013
...is never given the credit he deserves as a competitor. Everybody talks about the brand but let me tell you, first an foremost, he is...— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) May 16, 2013
..a very good footballer. A great ambassador for British football. Retires at the top. Fairplay to him. Wish him every success in the future— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) May 16, 2013
Ex-United teammate Gary Neville wrote the following.
Whilst Phil Neville added.
David Beckham-what an unbelievable career-4 titles in 4 countries over 100 caps for eng and the best ambassador this countries has had!— phil neville18 (@fizzer18) May 16, 2013
Another former Old Trafford ace, Andy Cole wrote.
Superstar has called time on his career .. We're do I start , class player genuine guy legend of a footballer, wish you all the best.— Andrew Cole (@vancole9) May 16, 2013
Australia skipper Lucas Neill.
Shout out to the man David Beckham on an incredible career. Class act and a great player.— Sacha Kljestan (@SachaKljestan) May 16, 2013
My idol growing up announced his retirement today! What a career he has had! What a player! #beckham— Jeremy Brockie (@JRBrockie) May 16, 2013
Former LA Galaxy teammate Omar Gonzalez.
Ex-Aston Villa striker Juan Pablo Angel.
Wishing you all the very best mate, in whatever lies ahead for you in the future classact #BeckhamRetires— Juan Pablo Angel (@JUANPABLOANGEL) May 16, 2013