But during The Late Late Show with James Corden on Monday night in the U.S., the TV host played a clip in which he came up with an elaborate hoax to trick Beckham before the statue was revealed.
When Corden learned that Beckham had yet to see the finished statue, he hired a crew to create their own.
The LA Galaxy legend was at his former home stadium for a private unveiling of his effigy, unaware the "Late Late Show" host had switched the artwork out for a far, far less complimentary one.
To see exactly how David Beckham reacts to James Corden's wild statue prank, press play above.
Unaware that he was being pranked, Beckham did remarkably well to keep his cool as the artist took him through the finer details of the purposefully terrible mock statue, although he did let his feelings slip on more than one occasion. That actor also referred to Beckham as "Dave" instead of "David".
He continued to complain and added
Chris Klein, one of Beckham's former LA Galaxy teammates and club president, was in on the prank as a video package of Beckham's Galaxy highlights showed some of his lowlights, too.
".I mean, look at my chin", he pointed out.
The statue's unveiling wasn't a thrilling moment for Beckham with all the features going awry. "You know what, the only thing that's good is the hair and that's about it. Look at my bum". "I honestly look like Stretch Armstrong".
A forklift operator accidentally tipped the fake statue over, sending it crashing to the ground. At this point, Corden came bounding out from his perch in hysterics, and the two embraced into a good-natured hug.
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