Former teammates and famous friends of footballer David Beckham wish the star well following his announcement that he will retire at the end of the French league season. Sarah Mills reports.
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David Beckham's former teammates and star friends have been quick to wish him well following the news of his retirement.
Beckham announced on Thursday that he will retire from football at the end of the French league season.
Omar Gonzalez played alongside him at LA Galaxy:
(SOUNDBITE) (English) galaxy player Omar Gonzalez, saying:
"My four years with him were, you know, fantastic and we won championships together and I wish him all the best. Can't say nothing but great things about the guy. I am going to say that off the field I think he's an even better person than a player."
Meanwhile in London, news of Beckham's decision was a big talking point at the Ivor Novello Awards.
Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale said he would be missed:
(SOUNDBITE) (English) Bush frontman, Gavin Rossdale, saying:
"He's just unbelievable, he's a great ambassador for sport, he's a great person. I've come across him a number of times and I consider him a friend I really like him and it's a sad loss but that's sport isn't it, it's rough. At least with music you know you can see, you can just like, you can edge your career just a little bit longer."
Rock star Noel Gallagher, known for being a lifelong Manchester City fan - the rival to Beckham's old club Manchester United, also said what a great guy Beckham is:
(SOUNDBITE) (English) musician, Noel Gallagher, saying:
"Do you know what, I hated him when he played for...I've told him this, this is not going to come as a shock to him. I hated him when he played for Manchester United, hated him. Hate. Proper hate. But luckily I met him when he left Man United and he's such a nice lad, I've got to say, such a great lad and he's a brilliant footballer. He's not how you'd imagine him. He's kind of, I don't know, he's a nice lad he's a good lad, yes."
The 38-year-old former England captain will hang up his boots at the end of a successful season.
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