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The former England captain and Paris Saint-Germain midfielder announced his retirement on Thursday afternoon leading to an inevitable flood of tributes from the football world

Just when you think the football world has settled down, David Beckham, the world's most recognisable footballer, drops the bombshell that he is retiring.

As well as causing a global stir, Beckham's announcement engrossed Twitter throughout the afternoon with many of Britain's footballers delivering their own tributes to the former England captain.

And so, Goal has gathered the best of the reaction for you in the latest edition of Word on the Tweet.

"David Beckham= Amazing Career . He just loved playing football. Congratulations and a pleasure to be a team mate!"
Gary Neville leads the tributes to his former Manchester United team-mate.


"David Beckham has retired. A wonderful player, global superstar and a magnificent ambassador for England and football."
Broadcaster and former England international Gary Lineker neatly captures Becks even with a few characters to spare.


"So Becks Retires at the end of the season, he's had an illustrious career winning many honours on the way! #legend"
Carlton Cole takes time out of his busy mischief-making schedule to laud Beckham earlier this afternoon.


"David Beckham is just the man! Fantastic career with so many honours and a beautiful family to go with it. Should be knighted soon!! #Hero"
Hull City forward Sone Aluko puts Becks forward for a knighthood. Sounds about right.


"David Beckham retiring.. What a player, what a guy. No one in the game will ever do what he's done. The guys a 1 off #legend"
Former Manchester United youth team player Danny Simpson adds to the flurry of tributes from fellow pros.


"David Beckham announces his retirement, what a great player and a legend to the sport"
Beckham had scored in the Champions League before Luke Shaw was even born, but that won't stop the youngster saving a tweet for the 38-year-old.

"David Beckham-what an unbelievable career-4 titles in 4 countries over 100 caps for eng and the best ambassador this countries has had!"
Another former team-mate and retiree, Phil Neville tips his cap to Mr Beckham.


"Good luck to Becks, from an England fan perspective he served the 3 Lions very well indeed."
Never one to miss out on a chance to Tweet, Stan Collymore joins the tributes.


"Gutted to see the legend that is David Beckham has retired from football. What a player! Many moments of pure magic #RespectDB7"
And Elliott Bennett wins the award for best hashtag of the day.

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