David Beckham has been lauded as a “British icon” by Professor Stephen Hawking.

The former England footballer and his wife Victoria met the 73-year-old theoretical physicist at an event hosted by Google.

The Professor couldn’t resist making a joke to underwear model David, saying: “I’m always being compared to you as a British icon and sometimes you rate higher and sometimes I do.”

David, 40, shared the image on his Instagram and Facebook pages, writing: “It was an absolute honour to meet Professor Hawking. What he said to me was truly amazing.”

Stephen, whose life story was recently turned into the Oscar-winning film The Theory Of Everything, is set to make a special guest appearance at Glastonbury.

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