David Beckham landed a lifetime achievement award from the BBC on Sunday night but insisted: "I'm not finished yet."
The former England captain was honoured at tonight's Sports Personality of the Year awards show, and received a two-minute standing ovation as he took to the stage to receive his award from Sir Bobby Charlton.
Beckham, watched by wife Victoria and sons Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz, said: "I'm really humbled to receive an award for something I have always loved and continue to love doing."
He added: "Football is a team game and without the team and the players' support and skill I wouldn't be here today. I have been lucky enough to have played for some of the great teams - Preston, Manchester United, Real Madrid, AC Milan and Los Angeles Galaxy and of course playing for England has been the highlight."
He also paid tribute to his former boss Sir Alex Ferguson, saying: "He's the best manager in football, I regard him as a father figure."
Beckham dedicated his award to British troops serving in Afghanistan - he visited Camp Bastion on a morale-raising trip in May. And at 35 he insisted he can continue to play "at the highest level", while he still harbours England ambitions, and is relishing his role as an ambassador for British sport.
He had a central role in England's bid to stage the 2018 World Cup, and although that ended in disappointment the former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder is keen to continue to have an influence off the pitch, as well as on it.
Asked what he would hope to be commended for in 20 years' time, Beckham told BBC Radio Five Live: "I think I would be proud to receive another one like this, just to be the ambassador I have been in the last two years for my country, because it's a role that I never expected to enjoy as much as I have done, and it's a role I never thought I would be in.
"All I was interested in was playing football. To be representing my country, not just for football but for other things such as the Olympics, I'm really touched that I get asked to be involved in things like that.
"So to receive an award like this now... while it's great to receive a lifetime achievement award at 35 and obviously be still playing, I'm not finished yet. I love playing the game. Everybody knows how much I love playing the game. And I still believe I can play at the highest level. So I have no interest in stopping yet."
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