"The children and I are so proud of David, it's been an incredible journey for us all as we have watched him play at clubs all over the world throughout the last 15 years.
This was not an easy decision to make, and to me and the children he will always be an amazing sportsman and a devoted husband and father.
He is, and will always remain, a true ambassador for sport and is not just an inspiration to myself and our children but for millions of people worldwide.
We are all excited about the next chapter in our lives and the adventures we will explore as a family."
– Victoria Beckham
And an excerpt from David's statement that wasn't included in the CNN article:
"I wouldn’t have achieved what I have done today without my family. I’m grateful for my parents’ sacrifice, which made me realise my dreams. I owe everything to Victoria and the kids, who have given me the inspiration and support to play at the highest level for such a long period. I also want to thank Simon Fuller and his team for their continued support."
David in London on May 14th:
Victoria in New York on May 11th: