It is official – People Magazine announced last night that David Beckham is the sexiest man alive (ummm – yes, we agree wholeheartedly ). Whether he is bending it on the field, playing with his kids or wining and dining his stunning wife, Victoria, I think it is unanimous – we LOVE David Beckham.
“It’s a huge honor,” Beckham, 40, tells PEOPLE of scoring our 30th anniversary Sexiest Man crown. “And I’m very pleased to accept.”
Although he’s been a sex symbol for nearly two decades, the self-effacing soccer icon isn’t sure he’s even deserving of the mantle. “I never feel that I’m an attractive, sexy person,” he says in this week’s cover story.
He has never thought he was sexy?! What else don’t we know about this British heartthrob? Read on for some of the best juicy tidbits that we could find on the #SexiestManAlive
SECRETS OF THE SEXIEST MAN ALIVE: DAVID BECKHAM
David Beckham was always good looking (even as a kid); no awkward middle school age photos to hide here! That kind of makes him a unicorn, no?
He Broke Google
“Beckham” was Google’s most searched of all sports topics in 2003 and 2004.
He is Split Religion
His mother is Jewish and he considers himself to be “half Jewish”.
New Game, New Shoes
He wore a new pair of shoes at every game.
Run, Beckham, Run…
While playing for Manchester United, he ran an average of 8.8 miles more than any other player on the team at the time.
He is Imperfect – Just like US!
He suffers from Ataxophobia (the fear of Chaos) and Ornitophobia (the fear of birds).
He additionally suffers from OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) – “I’ve got this obsessive compulsive disorder where I have to put everything in a straight line or everything has to be in pairs,” Beckham has said. “I’ll go into a hotel room and before I can relax, I have to move all the leaflets and all the books and put them in a drawer. Everything has to be perfect.”
Even the Queen of England has a thing for him
Sources close to the Royal Family confirm that the Queen has installed a life-size oil-painting of David Beckham in her private sitting room at Balmoral.
So did the Former President of South Africa
In 2001, David Beckham was granted a meeting with Nelson Mandela.
His Wedding was a Fashion Show
During the course of his 1999 wedding service, David had 6 wardrobe changes.
He is keeping INK in Business
As of August 2015: he sports 40 tattoos across his gorgeous body (one of which is reportedly spelled incorrectly).
It is All About the Hair
His mother was a hairdresser (perhaps that explains his love of his ever-changing ‘do).
He is creative
David Beckham’s favorite class in elementary school was art.
He Missed His Cameo
He was unable to make a cameo in 2002 ‘Bend it like Beckham’ due to scheduling conflicts.
Paternal Duties Are #1 in his Book
He loves being a father and currently has four children: sons Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz, and daughter Harper; he has been public with saying he to add another to the Beckham Brood.
He sells out stadiums in mere hours
Within 48 hours of signing with LA based soccer team ‘the Galaxy’, they sold 5,000 season tickets.
His heart is huge – he is a humanitarian
Beckham is a Goodwill Ambassador with UNICEF.
As part of Beckham’s marketing campaign with H&M, six 10-foot statues of the soccer star in his underwear were installed in New York City; others were installed in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
China seems to dig him too!
In 2013, Chinese authorities appointed Beckham as the global ambassador for Chinese football.
He has MAD BANK
David Beckham’s net worth is estimated to be $350 million.
Congratulations to the 2015 Sexiest Man Alive – David Beckham – and to 30 years of men we lust over on the front cover of People Magazine:
1985 Mel Gibson
1986 Mark Harmon
1987 Harry Hamlin
1988 John F. Kennedy, Jr.
1989 Sean Connery
1990 Tom Cruise
1991 Patrick Swayze
1992 Nick Nolte
1993 Richard Gere
1995 Brad Pitt
1996 Denzel Washington
1997 George Clooney
1998 Harrison Ford
1999 Richard Gere
2000 Brad Pitt
2001 Pierce Brosnan
2002 Ben Affleck
2003 Johnny Depp
2004 Jude Law
2005 Matthew McConaughey
2006 George Clooney
2007 Matt Damon
2008 Hugh Jackman
2009 Johnny Depp
2010 Ryan Reynolds
2011 Bradley Cooper
2012 Channing Tatum
2013 Adam Levine
2014 Chris Hemsworth
2015 David Beckham
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