David Beckham stunned by statue prank

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The comedian and Late Late Show host played a prank on the legendary footballer for a stunt on his late night talk show.

The 43-year-old retired footballer received an honorary statue of himself from his LA Galaxy team at their stadium and James chose to take the opportunity to prank him with a fake statue, which he calls "a balance between realistic and absolutely awful".

LA Galaxy and James Corden teamed up to prank David Beckham with a fake statue ahead of the official unveiling earlier in March.

Corden's less-than-flattering version of the statue portrayed Beckham with an overly pronounced chin, wild eyes and an extremely pert derriere. "I honestly look like Stretch Armstrong!"

"This is different than what it was when I last saw it in Chicago".

Switching the real statue for one that looked nothing like the footballer, hidden cameras filmed the 43-year-old's reaction to the disgusting sculpture. "I mean, look at my chin". Look at my eyes. The only thing that's good is that hair.

"I really don't see how this can go out", he continued, panic slowly starting to set in as he realized the public would soon see it in its permanent place outside the stadium.

"My parents are coming from London, my wife is coming over. There is no way it can go at the front of the stadium", David explained before attempting to leave the studio.

The final phase of the prank saw a forklift driver arriving to move the statue to its permanent home - and "accidentally" tip it over, smashing it to pieces.

Corden is shown directing designers, and then advising actors to rile up the football legend, with one complimenting Beckham incorrectly on his time at Manchester City and calling him "Dave".

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