While Beckham insists he is not thinking of retirement, the PSG ace did speak of his former team-mate's career in glowing terms.
Beckham, who is in China on a four-day visit to promote football, said: "I am not going to retire yet but obviously Michael has had an amazing career.
"He is a legend in our country for the things he has done on the field.
"I wish him luck. He has obviously become a friend of mine over the years. He has got an amazing family and an amazing wife and children.
"He has had a great career and scored amazing goals, not just for England but for the teams he has played for."