David Beckham Calls Curtain on All-Star Career With the L.A. Galaxy -- Relive His American Soccer Career (PHOTOS)

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Superstar David Beckham has announced that he's bringing the curtain down on his glittering career with the L.A .Galaxy and Major League Soccer in America.

After six seasons the former England and Manchester United captain will play his final game for the Galaxy in the league final against Houston on Dec. 1.

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, as my ambition is to be part of the ownership structure in the future."

Beckham's original $32.5 million five-year deal, plus $4 million extension, made him the MLS's highest paid player in their history, but Victoria Beckham's husband brought both credibility and serious star power to American soccer in return.

Tom Cruise, Russell Brand and Gordon Ramsay were just some of the celebrities who turned up to see the British star strut his stuff on the pitch at the Galaxy's Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

With his film star looks and amazing skills, 'Becks' helped promote the MLS globally with millions of new fans tuning into watch him play Stateside.

And Tim Leiweke, the president and chief executive of AEG the Galaxy's parent company, who helped broker the deal that brought Beckham to MLS, believes it was well worth the risk.

"Seldom does an athlete redefine a sport, and David not only took our franchise to another level but he took our sport to another level," he said. "It has been an honor and privilege to be part of his world, and more importantly, to have him be part of ours."

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