10:03 GMT, 16 May 2012
10:26 GMT, 16 May 2012
He is one of the world’s most handsome sportsmen. But even soccer pin-up David Beckham needs to keep his facial hair in check.
The LA Galaxy footballer sported a very overgrown look at what was quite an auspicious occasion.
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Let’s get a handle on that: LA Galaxy soccer player David Beckham sports a biker-style moustache and rugged beard for his visit to The White House in Washington yesterday
Friends in high places: Beckham meets and greets while The First Lady Michelle Obama, and right, shaking hands with President Barack Obama
The whole gang together: The team were honoured for winning the league
Beckham, 37, was at the White House to receive an award from the President of the United States, Barack Obama, as a thank you for winning the Major League Soccer Championship.
The former star of Gillette ads appears to have lost his razor as he sported a faceful of fuzz and a biker-style moustache.
It’s the latest look for the footballer who is known for his very experimental looks – especially when it comes to his hair.
Who’s the funnyman? Obama turned the ceremony into an impromptu Beckham roast
Good sport: Beckham has never been afraid of taking the mickey out of himself, or letting others do it… so it was quite an honour from the president
Facial hair aside, Beckham looked well turned out in a dark suit and candy-stripe tie, as did the rest of his teammates.
Beckham and his team the LA Galaxy were shown around the White House to congratulate them for winning the Major League Soccer Championship last season.
Obama, 50, posed for a picture with them and stood next to Beckham whilst holding a football shirt with his name on it.
But Beckham’s trip to the White House turned into an unexpected comedy roast. The U.S. President mocked Mr Beckham for being over the hill and said that at the age 37 ‘half his teammates could be his kids.’
On the team: Barack looked as pleased to be meeting the team, and of course, Goldenballs himself, as they were to be at the White House
He also teased the soccer star as a ‘young up and comer’ before joking about his other career as a model.
To laughter from the crowd President Obama said: ‘He is tough. It is rare a man can be that tough on the field and also have his own line of underwear’.
But before doing so he gave a speech in which he said: ‘We have young up and comer on the team, a guy named David Beckham.
‘I gave David a hard time, I said half his teammates could be his kids. We’re getting old David, though you’re holding up better than me’.
It’s that special relationship: Obama initially shied away from perpetuating that close friendship between the US and the UK, but Anglo-American relations look great here
After the speech Mr Beckham and his teammates were due to take part in a football clinic for children with First Lady Michelle Obama on the South Lawn.
Due to bad weather it was reportedly moved inside and became a question and answer session for the young people.
Beckham joined the LA Galaxy in 2007 for a reported $250 million but only won his first league championship this year.
He has been credited with giving football in America a major boost and bringing in huge crowds wherever he plays.
Beckham and his fashion designer wife Victoria, 38, count Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes and Eva Longoria among their friends, but a chance to go to the White House would have impressed even him.
In awe: The father-of-four looked excited to see the First Lady speak
He last met the Obamas in May 2011 during a dinner they put on at the U.S. ambassador’s residence in London for the Royal family.
Opening the ceremony President Obama said: ‘I’m not going to flatter myself by assuming these cameras are here for me’ and praised the LA Galaxy for ‘pulling off one of the toughest feats of team sports’.
In reference to his own Irish heritage Obama also joked that Robbie Keane, who plays for the LA Galaxy, was ‘a cousin of mine.’
Nervous: Beckham looked concerned as Galaxy left their hotel to attend the White House function