The former England captain said in a statement: "I'm fortunate to have realised [my] dreams."
This got us thinking, who could Bend It Like Beckham for real on the silver screen?
Which male actor could encompass his skilful footwork, celebrity credentials, designer body and most importantly that squeaky voice?
Take a look at our suggestions in the picture gallery and cast your vote. Have we missed the leading man? Let us know below.