Even though there are no footballers short listed for the Sports Personality of the Year, David Beckham is to receive the Sports Personality Lifetime Achievement award on Sunday.

The former England captain is the most capped outfield player for the country and has won six Premier League titles with Manchester United and a Champions League trophy. He has also found success abroad winning league titles with Real Madrid before moving to the USA to play for LA Galaxy.
The 35 year old has also enjoyed playing on loan at AC Milan in the MLS off season.

“David’s record on and off the pitch has been remarkable,” BBC Sports Personality of the Year editor Carl Doran said.
“It’s a fitting reward for an outstanding career as a player and for his tireless work as an ambassador for British sport. He has also been a tremendous role model and I’m sure he’ll get an amazing reaction from the public in Birmingham.”

Beckham won the main award nine years ago after his dramatic injury time free kick against Greece to send England to the World Cup finals in 2002.
After a celebrated football career, the Englishman is in the twilight of his career and has already shown signs of going into coaching since he missed the World Cup in South Africa due to injury.

Beckham was in the dugout for every England match, showing support and giving advice when needed.
He now lives in Los Angeles with his family but regularly returns to Britain and was a key member of the England 2018 World Cup bid, which lost out to Russia in the vote earlier in December.

After all his work and support for the England football team, Beckham definitely deserves to win this award on Sunday night.

By freelance writer Dan Leaton.