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Beckham's influence grows as former soccer star turns 40

Beckham's influence continues to grow off the field as former soccer star turns 40
Jerome Pugmire, The Associated Press

PARIS - David Beckham turns 40 on Saturday and while memories of his playing days with England, Manchester United and Real Madrid fade, he remains a captivating figure of worldwide interest.

When he ended his playing career on an unglamorous field in northwestern France two years ago, it brought the curtain down on the career of one of the world's biggest sporting icons.

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