- UEFA president Ceferin described Beckham as a true football icon of his generation
- Beckham was honoured to receive the award and said he always gave 100% commitment to teamwork and fair play
- He joins Franseco Totti and Red Devils veteran Sir Bobby Charlton, becoming the third Englishman to receive the award
Former Manchester United and England skipper David Beckham has been announced the recipient of the 2018 UEFA President's Award.
The award was presented to Becks in recognition of his contribution to football and outstanding career, Briefly.co.za learned.
Beckham will be presented with the award in Monaco with last year's award having gone to ex-AS Roma legend Francesco Totti, in 2017.
According to United's official website, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin chose Beckham for his achievements on and off the pitch, describing him as "a true football icon of his generation".
"His tireless humanitarian efforts, which have helped the lives of many children around the world, should also be celebrated . Beckham is a true football icon of his generation," Ceferin said in a statement.
" It is an honour for me to receive the UEFA President's Award," Beckham said.
" During my career I always gave 100% and tried to uphold the values of teamwork and fair play, and I am proud to join the illustrious list of players who have previously won this award," the 43-year-old said.
Beckham won six Premier League titles, two FA Cups and the Champions League title once with boyhood club United, prior to joining Real Madrid and winning the La Liga title as well.
The former Madrid star made 762 appearances and scored 130 goals in his professional footballing career, spanning over 20 years.
He becomes the third Englishman to receive the award after Bobby Robson (2002) and sir Bobby Charlton (2008).
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