David Beckham received a special welcome from President Obama as he and the rest of the Los Angeles Galaxy squad were special guests at the White House on Tuesday. The Galaxy were being honored for their MLS Cup triumph in 2011.
In a speech, the president made specific reference to Beckham, joking that many of his teammates looked like they could be the 37-year-old's children.
Obama also rightfully gave Beckham his due for contributing to L.A.'s success last year with his best season yet since moving to the U.S. from Real Madrid in 2007.
As well as being honored by Obama, the LA Galaxy also joined the First Lady, Michelle Obama, on the White House's South Lawn to hold a Let's Move! Soccer clinic for students from across the U.S.
In the latest annual report by Forbes, Beckham was once again reported as the highest-earning soccer player in the world. A position helped by his recent partnership with H&M, featuring the launch of his new line of bodywear. Something that Obama lightheartedly made reference to.
It is a rare man who can be that tough on the field and also have his own line of underwear, he joked.
Beckham was widely expected to move back to Europe after his contract expired with the Galaxy at the end of last year, but the former England international signed a new deal, signaling his intention to finish his career in Major League Soccer.
Despite being heavy favorites to retain their title this year, the Galaxy have had a disappointing start to the season. Bruce Arena's side have lost five of their first 10 matches to leave them in seventh spot in the Western Conference.