VIDEO: David Beckham is named ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ by People magazine

Retired football star David Beckham, an international celebrity both on and off the field, was named People magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive”.

VIDEO: David Beckham is named ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ by People magazine

“It’s a huge honour,” Beckham, 40, told People of being handed the title on its 30th anniversary.

“I’m very pleased to accept.”

The husband of pop star and fashion chiselled good looks.

He has been featured in advertisements for Pepsi, Adidas, and modelled underwear for Giorgio Armani, but the sportsman and father of four told People he has never thought of designer Victoria Beckham has long been known for his himself as “an attractive, sexy person”.

“I mean I like to wear nice clothes and nice suits and look and feel good, but I don’t ever think of myself that way,” he said.

Beckham’s wife, Victoria, 41, was supportive of his new title, he said.

“I would hope that she feels this way about me all the time anyway,” he told People.

The announcement was made on ABC’s late-night TV show Jimmy Kimmel Live, where the magazine cover sporting Beckham’s face was revealed.

“It’s the best moment of my career, I can’t believe it,” Beckham joked.

“I would obviously like to thank my parents for bringing me into this world. I would like to thank my hairdresser, my stylist, Photoshop,” he said.

Beckham was given a small facial mirror as his reward.

“I never feel that I’m an attractive, sexy person,” Beckham told People magazine.

Beckham follows on the heels of last year’s winner, Australian actor and Thor avenger Chris Hemsworth.

The award, which is in its 30th year, has previously gone to Bradley Cooper, Matt Damon, Harrison Ford, Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise and Mel Gibson, among others.

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