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David Beckham: Greatest Briton Alive

David Beckham: Greatest Briton Alive

British beauties David Beckham and Dame Helen Mirren arrive at the Great Britons 2007 Awards at London Television Studios on Monday in London’s South Bank in England.

Becks picked up the inaugural “Greatest Briton Overseas” award during the glitzy awards ceremony.

The soccer star will be honored for his contribution to the nation, on and off the soccer field, including his contribution to the London 2012 Olympic bid.

More pictures inside of Becks, Dame Helen, Geri Haliwell and Kelly Osbourne

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  • Tanya

    Wow…he looks amazing…and i’m happy that he recieved some award…….COngrats to my Love David…

  • salma

    Why we don’t see his teeth when he smile? does he has a bad teeth?

  • sb

    Just watching this on tv right now, he’s looking hot!!!

  • erfc

    more and more celecbrities are being rewarded for their looks

  • Mia

    BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH

  • jess

    HOTTTTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I agree that David is the Greatest Briton Alive!!

  • Jayne

    ERFC Hes not being rewarded for his looks. He’s being rewarded for bring football to a larger audiance of people. Beckham has revolutionised the image of footballers not to mention the hand he played in the London olympic bid or the face that hes one of the highest cap England captains ever.

  • Mia

    He hasn’t even done anything special just cause he’s in the papers all the time that’s why he’s got that
    And he never even done anything for the olympics except show up at the announcement
    and as for his football the fact he ain’t even playing in Europe or the England football team says a lot
    and he ain’t even a great player he only scored when it was time for free kicks with everybody standing still

  • SARA

    Helen Mirren looks amazing!!! David would be better off with her than plastic Posh.

  • Lulu

    Mia, get your facts right before opening your mouth please, he is playing in Europe with RM who are now regretting real hard to let him go. He doesn’t just score freeckicks, and he’s an incredible crosser; and without his freeckicks England would not have been in the 2002 WC and wouldn’t have gotten as far in the 2006 WC. McLaren is seriously thinking in calling him back in the England team because England is shit without him, and because everybody wants him back (the fans, the players, the press, the FA).
    As for the olympics he didn’t just show up at the announcement, he went to meetings, and was involved in the whole campaign.

    And i could name more things why he’s being rewarded.

  • Cynthia

    Love him, his smile, his body,everything!

  • lolo

    Oh please, david always have been average player.
    Almost all his scores are for freekics. He shouldn’t have been England Capitan,he doesn’t have a leader qualites to lead . He doesn’t even lead in his house Posh is the one who do it all.Since she is older than him I think that is at least ok. He goes to america where a 1st divison is like a third division in Europe. His carrier is pretty much finished. There is no way he is going to be back in England National Team.

  • Karen c

    I totally agree with Lolo and Mia. David Beckham is just an average player. Nothing he’s done ever impressed me. True he scored- or helped scored- a couple of goals thanks to his amazing free kicks but he’s nothing like Rooney, Ronaldo and other better players I’ve seen. It’s always been about his look. He’s a hot man but nay, he’s not a great player. I’ve always hated the way he talks… like a baby. You would expect a manly voice out of this hunk. But nay… Oh yeah Sara, thanks god, he’s with the beautiful Helen Mirren than with Mrs Skeletor.

  • Christina

    I soo agree with you Lulu! David Beckham is far above the normal football player, his level of skill is fantastic, his respect and love for the game is unimaginable, and his loyalty/dedication to the fans, the game, everyone is amazing.

  • jess

    Wow Karen, notice you immediately went to his voice, how superficial of you! And what does that have to do with his playing ability. Geez, get over your pettiness and realize what a great player he is (as Jess showed.)

  • yara

    becks is a football icon like it or not. he brought glamour to the fields. and his passion for football made him intouchable . he deserve for what he represents. cheers

  • Karen c

    He’s not a great player. He’s an average player. A football icon, methink not. Look Icon, for sure, yes. Oh, I didn’t go immediately to his voice , learn not to skip the lines, Jess. I did talk about his abilities as football player, or maybe you’re so blind you can’t read. And he DOES talk like a baby. I might sound superficial but I’m telling as it is. Got a problem with that, go burry your head in the sand.

  • Mia

    Excuse me lulu i am fully aware he is playing for RM (although playing can be disputed as he has more time on the bench) but as from June his ass is getting kicked out of there
    And no way is he a spectacular player that’s just a joke
    Yes he has brought glamor to the field and that’s all his contribution has been
    and as for people are regretting this and that about him that’s all just hear say

  • Karen c

    Did David Beckham ever scored for RM. I know Zidane used to be one of the main scorers before he left, but I can’t remember David scoring more than 2 goals for RM since he’s been playing for them. He was mostly spending his time on the bench… Why?… Wasn’t the coach impressed by his ‘abilities’? mmm…

  • Karen c

    Did David Beckham ever score for RM? I know Zidane used to be one of the main scorers before he left, but I can’t remember David scoring more than 2 goals for RM since he’s been playing for them. He was mostly spending his time on the bench… Why?… Wasn’t the coach impressed by his ‘abilities’? mmm…

  • Jayne

    Mia + Karen C you obviously know very little. Zidane was a midfeilder and so was never one of the main goal scorers. Ronaldo (Brazilian) Raul Morinetes ect were Madrids top scorers. And Becks is also a midfeild player his job isnt to score its to create goals ( Along with Guti he is Madrids highest assist maker despite missing game sthrough injury). Of course Rooney and Ronaldo are better than David, David is coming to the end of his career. Its unfair to compare him to them at this stage. When Beckham was 22 (same age as Ronaldo) he had alreayd won 2 league titles and a FA cup, plus all the individual awards Ronaldo has won (young player of the year, Bobby charlton award ect)

    And Mia for your information since Capello swallowed his pride and forgot his arguement with Beckham, Becks has started evry game that hes been fit for, the only games hes missed are if hes been injured, or suspended like last weeks game against Espanyol. Capello frequently praises Beckhams performances. You just have to watch last nights game against Recretivo to see how good David still is. Hes been a vita player in Madrid getting back to the top of La Liga

    Beckham in his prime was one of the best players of his generation, and he came runner up in both FIFA world player of the year and European player of the year on two seperate occasions plus wstern europes most valuable player of the year (all 3 ware voted for by fellow professionals so looks play no part) so to say he was only ever averages is being massively disrespectul. He won 6 league title, 2 FA cup, 2 League cups and a Champions league. Not to mention he won 96 caps for england – over 50 as cpatain and hes the only English player to ever score in 3 world cups. So no, he is by no means just average and never has been.

  • Vanessa

    I agree with the others. I like David, and he’s a good player, but he really isn’t anything extraordinary. He’s got a great kick, but as far as other skills, he’s nothing too special. He does look extraordinary, though.
    And Helen Mirren is looking so lovely. This is one elegant, beautiful lady.

  • Karen c

    Nah Jayne, He’s an average player. We’re not talking about what he won with his teams( champion league, FA cup and the like etc… yeah, that must be why he’s being honored)but we’re talking about his abilities. He’s nothing extraordinary.Yeah Zidane was a midfield, so is Becks, but eh, ZIdane even played better than Becks, scored more goals than Becks. I agree Ronaldo was one of the top scorers as well as Morinetes, but you must agree with me, Becks is not exceptional. Like I said in one of my earlier posts, the best point was his Freekicks–In France you had Zidane ( better footballer) in England you had Becks( Average…)– I remember in 1998, how the whole England hated him only because of a slightly mistake he made. If he was such a fantastic player, like you claim he was, why didn’t ever help England reach the final since 1998? He wasn’t a top scorer, true but how many times did Beck had a shot at scoring from his freekicks and he’d lamely miss the goal?
    Yup I saw the match yesterday; he’s getting better but eh, there’s still nothing impressive about him. Nadda. Still the same ol’ ol’.
    Lol, I’m loving the fact that we’re girls talking about Football ehehe

  • Karen c

    Nah Jayne, He’s an average player. We’re not talking about what he won with his teams( champion league, FA cup and the like etc… yeah, that must be why he’s being honored)but we’re talking about his abilities. He’s nothing extraordinary. And was nothing extraordinary in 1997-98-99… There was better player in the English, French and Italian leagues that played even better than the young Becks.

    Yeah Zidane was a midfield, so is Becks, but eh, ZIdane even played better than Becks, scored more goals than Becks. I agree Ronaldo was one of the top scorers as well as Morinetes, but you must agree with me, Becks is not exceptional. Like I said in one of my earlier posts, the best point was his Freekicks–In France you had Zidane ( better footballer) in England you had Becks( Average…)– I remember in 1998, how the whole England hated him only because of a slightly mistake he made. If he was such a fantastic player, like you claim he was, why didn’t ever help England reach the final since 1998? He wasn’t a top scorer, true but how many times did Beck had a shot at scoring from his freekicks and he’d lamely miss the goal?
    Yup I saw the match yesterday; he’s getting better but eh, there’s still nothing impressive about him. Nadda. Still the same ol’ ol’.
    Lol, I’m loving the fact that we’re girls talking about Football ehehe

  • Karen c

    oops, sry for double post…. triple post ehehe

  • jess

    Karen, if you dislike him or his “average abilities” so much, why open a topic about him and start arguing with fans. You made some Very RUDE comments, that were totally unnecessary. Now, I will say something like you, just go away, because you will not be missed. Stop arguing with fans, in the topic of someone you dont like.

  • Karen c

    Lol, c’mon, Jess, what rude comment did I make? I’ve never said I disliked the guy. Goddamit. I like Becks. I’ve just said like a couple of others said that he’s not a fantastic player. I’m not arguing with anybody, lol. I’m just stating my points like any of you are. And you’re th eone who started attacking me, if you read your post above. Becks is a very attractive man. But he doesn’t have the ‘wow!’ factor when it comes to football. That’s all. Lol, I’m sorry if you were offended by my comment on the way he talks but that’s true. He DOES sound like a baby. Wouldn’t you like him to sound more like a man? Sorry Jess, jeesh I didn’t realise you’d be so offended. My apologies. Seriously.

  • Eve

    He is an average player and he is not that hot. I can´t see this guy´s appeal. I watch soccer since I was a little child and I´ve had the opportunity to see great players, the best players Brazil could make. So yes, he is an average player. He became famous for his looks (which I don´t get it) and for being Victoria Adams´s husband (when they first met she was the famous one). I agree with Lolo, Mia and Karen, you are damn right, his voice is indeed horrible. He sounds like a duck with bird flu.

  • Eve

    And Jess, this should be a democratic board. Nobody has to love him to have an opinion about him. If he is (unfortunately) news, people have the right to talk about him. If you like him, stand up for what you think. No need to be agressive with people who don´t share your opinion. Karen was not as half rude as you were saying she should go away.

  • pipi

    I think he gets attention for all the unimportant things and his talent gets forgotten. He’s one of the best crossers in the game and he’s had a very good career that we’ll have to wait to see if Rooney and Ronaldo can match. Zidane shouldn’t be brought up because he owns all three of them.

  • smooth

    Sorry people but you no so little about football…as I noticed. How can you compare Rooney,Zizu and Becks???? They are diferent age and what is the most important different position! Zidane is attacking midfielder,Rooney is striker and Becks is right a winger,everyone has it’s own role on the pitch. Like defenders…Skills,driblings,pace -yeh it sounds good,so why did Gatuso ate lovely C.Ronaldo in CL this year and Gatuso can’t drible and doesn’t know trics. I tell you why,because on his position he can cover with Pirlo all the center and even help on the wings-when his is on his best no one can pass him. C Ronaldo can now show his trics to his fans,but Milan will show up in Final! LOl
    Football is not about looks or beuatifull trics or even just good runs football is a team game and David Beckham proved millions times that he deserves his place in a team,he does his job better than anybody he set up goal almost every game he plays. For you that don’t know he was best assistent last year,he set up more goals that Ronaldinho,He was best English player in WC,Capello told HE WAS WRONG about him and David set up some goals since he came back to the square,now RM is first and president told that they treated Beckham wrong and that they regret to let him go.
    I advice you people to watch football more and not to say some stupid things.
    P.S. Yeh and for those who told about his red card in 1998….watch last minutes of CL final and semi final against Uventus. Uventus lead 2-0 but Becks with his team found spirit to bouns back against Anchelotti team…did Rooney and C Ronaldo shew the same attitude some weeks ago???
    The answer is NO!

  • Bergerac

    Blah blah. Whatever, man. Big Soccer fan here. You’ve got good points but Beckham is a lame right winger. CL semi final and final vs Juventus got nothing to do with 1998. Don’t compare the 2, man. He’s not all that.

  • SerenaFierce

    JK Rowling, Richard Branson, the Spa millionaire– can’t remember the name– and other English millionaires have offered more than $4million dollars –between them– as reward for whoever knows where the little Madeleine is( she disappeared over a week ago in Portugal). What did David Beckham did even before generous offer was announced? He showed off in a video, looking pampered with a very expensive shirt, as if he’s taking a photoshoot for a model advert, then appeal for help. Yeh righ!! He didn’t even look a bit sincere. Check the video on Access Holiwood. You’ll see for yourself. He’s an effing Joke. He’s worth about $200 millions but he didn’t bother joining the rest with the reward. Now, how dares he wear the yellow ribbon as if he cares! This is all about PR of his pretty, smuggy mug! Disgusting!! I agree with the others, his voice is nauseating. Can’t even say one full sentence with about 10 ”y’ know” in it. Pity!!

  • Lulu

    What a stupid comment from a sad person.
    Do you even know that he calls her parents almost everyday to know how they are holding on and asking if they have any news, and show them his support. To me that is more important than just giving money.

    And appart from the little Maddie, he does a lot for sick kids and handycaped kids, last year he had a party in his own house where he invited a lot of kids he helped.

    Plus everything his doing for Unicef…

    So just shut your mouth little sad person. I’ll never understand the hate towards this guy.

  • SerenaFierce

    Oh shut your trap too Lulu. What a childish way to reply to someone’s comment. You’re the sad one. Very sad person indeed who’s obssessed about someone who whill never give a shit about your sorry obssessed ass. Get over it, he will be loved and he will be hated. put in ya system that not everybody loves your poor gayish Beckham. Does it hurt? Cry baby, wah wah wah!! Freedom of speech, sad Lulu. FREEDOM of SPEECH. I’ll say watever I want here. Now put your clothes back on and go to work! Unless you’re one of these unemployed lazy bum who spend the entire day in front of the pc screen bashing others online for not sharing your ideas. GET A FUCKING LIFE!

  • Lee

    Are you people serious? Beckham an average player? Funny! Of course there have been better, flashier players, but boy is Beckham still up there with the best of them. Hard to argue with that fact. Very hard to win all those awards that he has just being an average player, don’t you think? That means that the few people here claiming he is just average, knows far better than the who’s who of the European and English football world. Amusing that…

  • Pam

    Lol at the football IQ of some people here.

    David Beckham was a great player and still is a damn fine player. He can still turn the screws even at this point in his career, I suggest you take a look at the game against Recre at the weekend. Sublime cross and Robinho has a goal. All the best strikers have said he is a great player to play with because if his ability to create a chance out of nothing and put it on a plate for them. He’s not Zidane but who is? He doesnt have all the tricks like Ronaldo does or run at defenders like Figo did but he does his job and he does his job very very well.

    Being hot didnt make him one of Manchester United’s best players. Fergie would have never played a player on the basis of how hot he was. Please. Capello also wouldnt and Beckham is first choice for Madrid UNDER Capello at this present time. The professionals of the game consider him to be one of the best so I don’t think its up to any of you to say he wasnt.

  • smooth

    Yeh Pam, I so agree with you! People talk about football but it looks like they read just The Sun,lol.
    I can advice to watch at least 15 best Beckham’s games from last two or three years.

  • operaghost

    Forget Becks, who looks amazing here. I want to be Helen Mirren when I grow up! LOL.

  • Jayne

    Team Awards only?No mentioned more than just team awards. But lets break the team awards down shall we? Man Utds treble year – the only team every to win such a treble, who has the highest amount of goal assists in all competitions? David Beckham with 27. He was also joint top scorer from midfeild with Ryan Giggs with 11 goals.

    In his first major season in the Utd first team – age 20 95 – 96 season – he scored 8 goals from midfeild and had 9 goal assists.Help Utd to a FA cup and premier league double.

    2nd season 96 – 97 – age 21 – 11 Goals, 15 goal assist. Utd win the premier league. He also won an idividual honors that year – Sky sports/panasonic Young player of the year, voted for by a panel of ex professions

    97-98 17 Goals, 21 assist. Another individual award was given to Beckham this year – PFA Young player of the year voted for be fellow footballers aswell as the Sir Matt Busby award for Man Utd player of the year.

    98-99 season – 9 goals, 26 assists. Man Utd win the champions league, FA cup and Premier league. David also got an individual honour this year – 2ND European player of the year, coming second to the great that is Rivaldo. Voted for by the Captain and Manager of each European team

    99-00 season – 9 Goals , 17 assists. Man utd win the league. Beckham was elected 2nd FIFA player of the year, again 2nd to Rivaldo. He was also awarded National player of the year by the premier league players

    00-01 season – 9 Goals , 19 assists (Man Utd didn’t particpate in the FA Cup this year which effected everyones goal tally) Man Utd win the league. In this year Beckham picked up 5 individual awards – Western europes most valuable player. Britiain sportman of the year. 2001. Sports personality of the year 2001. UEFA 2nd player of the year, 2nd to Owen, and FIFA 2nd player of the year, 2nd to Luis Figo

    01 – 02 – 16 Goals, 18 assits. Man utd win the legue

    02-03 4 goals 11 assists (Beckham broke his foot this year and so missed the 2nd part of the season

    I dont know his stats for La Liga but what i do know is he is current joint top goal scorer with Guti – Despite only starting 11 games and coming on as a sub in 9 due to injury/ suspension/ Capellos argument. He was also top assist provider last year even when Zidane was in the team.

    Anyway to compare him to Zidane is nonsense as Zidane is right up there with Pele Maradona, Cryuff, Platini ect, but that in no way makes Beckham average. Hes not the glitzey of players like Zidane, Ronaldinho Cristiano Ronaldo ect but what he does is just as effective.

    Sergio Ramos, Ruud Van Nislerooy, Ronaldo, Zidane, Roberto Carlos, Figo, Ryan Giggsy, Sir Alex Ferguson, ect have all describe David as an extraordinary player who is one of the best crosser’s of the ball ever, id much rather listen to there opinions than “soccer” fans.

    England hated Beckham because we’re a fickle bunch and someone always has to be blamed when we dont win the World cup, this year it Was Cristiano Ronaldos fault, the last world cup 2002 it was David Seamans fault, the world cup 1998 it was Beckhams fault, Euro 1996 was David Battys and Gareth Southgates fault fault…i could go on with the blaming that this country loves doing but id be here all night, three years later he was everyone hero again, whne he almost signle handedly got us to world cup 2002. If you were in England now you’d realise there’s a clambering to get Beckham back into the national team

  • Eve

    It is really annoying when we try to express an opinion about someone but this person´s fans can´t take it and go all wild and crazy. It is just an opinion people!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If you think he is that great, say that. Don´t attack someone else just because he or she doesn´t have the same opinion you have. When someone says he is an average player, doesn´t necesserily means he is a bad player, means only he is overrated. If someone says he isn´t hot, it doesn´t mean he is ugly, it means only he is not hot according to this person´s standards or personal taste. You guys should cool off.