Former England captain David Beckham will be given a lifetime achievement award at Sunday night's BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony, it has been revealed.
BBC officials said the accolade recognised the 35-year-old midfielder's "remarkable" record on and off the pitch and his "tireless work as an ambassador for British sport".
BBC Sports Personality of the Year editor Carl Doran said: "David's record on and off the pitch has been remarkable. It's a fitting reward for an outstanding career as a player and for his tireless work as an ambassador for British sport."
He added: "He has also been a tremendous role model and I'm sure he'll get an amazing reaction from the public in Birmingham."
The LA Galaxy star is England's most capped outfield player, winning six Premier League titles and the Champions League crown with Manchester United.
Beckham, named BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 2001, also won the Spanish league with Real Madrid after a £25million move from United and has spent two loan spells at AC Milan.
He will receive the award at the annual ceremony in Birmingham on Sunday evening. Previous winners include his former manager Sir Alex Ferguson, George Best and Seve Ballesteros.
Leytonstone-born Beckham made his England debut in September 1996 against Moldova and has gone on to win 115 caps - captaining England 59 times.
He spent a decade at Manchester United, lifting nine major trophies with the club before moving to Real Madrid in 2003.
The father-of-three was also a key member of the England 2018 World Cup bid, which lost out to Russia in the vote earlier in December.
Copyright (c) PA Sport 2009, All Rights Reserved.
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: https://www.givemesport.com/writeforgms