David Beckham to release picture book in October
London: Former England soccer captain David Beckham will release a picture book in October featuring images from his playing career in a deal with a UK publishing unit of French media company.
The ex-Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder, who retired from football in May after a brief spell with French club Paris St Germain, is expected to release the book on October 31 with Lagardere`s UK-based Headline Publishing Group.
Headline`s non-fiction publishing director, Jonathan Taylor, bought the world rights in a deal with the 38-year-old`s management company for a book the publisher said will be a personal celebration of his playing days.
"David Beckham is, without a doubt, the most universally recognised and popular sports person on the planet, and this gorgeous book will be a superb way for his millions of fans around the world to celebrate David`s remarkable achievements within football," Taylor said in a statement.
Beckham earned 115 caps for England, a record for an outfield player, and won the Champions League, six Premier League titles and two FA Cups with Manchester United.
He also won league titles with Real Madrid in Spain, LA Galaxy in the United States and PSG in France.
His new book is just one part of the post-retirement plans for Britain`s richest sportsman, whose easy charm and image as a family man should ensure the Beckham brand continues to prosper.
Managed by a group which has British motor racing driver Lewis Hamilton and Wimbledon tennis champion Andy Murray on its books, Beckham has capitalised on his film-star looks and athlete`s body to market various products.
He is married to former Spice Girl-turned-fashion designer Victoria Beckham, with whom he has four children.