Footballer David Beckham has won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year award ceremony in Birmingham's LG Arena with a a standing ovation which nearly lasted 4 minutes.

Sir Bobby Charlton said a few kind words about David which gave Beckham the needed breather for him to compose himself before speaking.

A very emotional and tearful David Beckham graciously accepted the prestigious award, which he dedicated to the British Troops in Afghanistan which he visited earlier on this year and in a message to them he said "Be safe and have a great Christmas".

He also thanked the teams, coaches and managers he has played under over his footballing career singling out playing for England as being one of the highlights of said career with a nod to Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson who he said he still regards as a father figure after so many years.

His family also given an emotional tribute from the heart by David who just about held his composure.


He thanked his parents for their sacrifice and continued support and of his wife Victoria he said "Not only has she given me three amazing boys but she's truly an inspiration for me every day" he then went on to thank Victoria and their three boys Romeo, Cruz and Brooklyn.

David has proven to be one of Britain's greatest ambassadors for sport and has represented his country with dignity and humility which he showed tonight at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year event.

We genuinely do have a national treasure in David Beckham and his exemplary example to others should not be forgotten, so if  you're reading this your majesty I think its time you added a Sir to David's name.

He may be still quite young but the title has rarely been needed so much for such a relevant young man.

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