David Beckham Leaving LA Galaxy

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David Beckham attends a basketball game between the San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on November 13, 2012 in Los Angeles -- Getty Premium
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David Beckham attends a basketball game between the San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on November 13, 2012 in Los Angeles -- Getty Premium

David Beckham is leaving the Los Angeles Galaxy.

The midfielder will end his six-year playing career with the Southern California franchise on December 1 of this year.

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"I've had an incredibly special time playing for the LA Galaxy, however, I wanted to experience one last challenge before the end of my playing career," Beckham said in a statement, posted on the LA Galaxy's website on Monday night. "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."

David, who moved stateside with his family in the hopes of helping the game grow its U.S. audience, said he is thankful for the experience he has had in LA, which included a championship in 2011.

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"In my time here I have seen the popularity of the game grow every year. I've been fortunate to win trophies, but more important to me has been the fantastic reception I've had from fans in LA and across the States," his statement continued. "Soccer's potential has no limits in this wonderful country and I want to always be part of growing it."

No details were available on Beckham's next move.

The LA Galaxy was encouraging fans to celebrate David's last few weeks as a Galaxy player, by tagging their Tweets #FarewellBeckham.

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