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David Beckham leaving LA Galaxy a champion after MLS triumph (VIDEO)


David Beckham of the Los Angeles Galaxy celebrates with his sons, Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz, after defeating Houston Dynamo 3-1 to win the 2012 MLS Cup at The Home Depot Center on December 1, 2012 in Carson, California.


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Regardless of where David Beckham plays next — be it France, England, Australia or elsewhere — he heads into the final phase of his accomplished career a champion yet again.

Beckham ended his nearly six-year relationship with LA Galaxy on Saturday night by defeating Houston Dynamo 3-1 and lifting the Major League Soccer championship trophy.

"I just hope I brought more interest to the game because I think that was why I decided to come here," Beckham said, The Associated Press reported.

"I kind of raised a little bit of interest. If that's the single thing that I've done, then great. But I think the foundations are there now in this year. It's a 17-year-old league. And the foundations are great. It will continue to grow."

When he arrived in Los Angeles in 2007, many believed he would retire in the US.

Instead, he announced before the final he wants another chance at a Champions League title, which would mean a return to Europe.

Beckham's name has so far been linked to clubs in France (Paris St. Germain or Monaco) as well as Australia.

PSG player Zlatan Ibrahimovic has campaigned openly for Becks to play in Paris.

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"We can win the Champions League over the next two seasons with the team that is being built," the Swedish international said.

Even A-League teams in Australia are open about luring Beckham, who spent the majority of his career with Manchester United before jumping ship to Real Madrid in Spain before the US.

"Hopefully we'll find out in a couple of weeks whether he wants to come to Australia, and if he does come to Australia hopefully it's us," Melbourne Heart coach John Aloisi told media Down Under.

Back in his home of London, Queen's Park Rangers have expressed an interest in Beckham joining their young team.

"David could still certainly play and still be a great asset to anybody, just having him around the place, showing people how to train and how to look after yourself," QPR manager Harry Redknapp said.

"His professionalism is second to none."

After the final against Houston, it appears Beckham at 37 still has plenty of offer.

He didn't score, but was instrumental in setting up dangerous Galaxy chances.

"I am sad that this is the end," Beckham said, BBC reported. "This is a very special place for me and it will continue to be. I am happy to have been part of this club for six years and I am grateful to have been successful for the last four years."

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