Beckham himself had not seen the finalized version of the genuine statue, which now stands outside of the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California, so Corden had the ideal opportunity to trick the unwitting athlete. This was followed by the reveal of a sizzle reel of Beckham's biggest soccer "highs" to be played during the ceremony.
The LA Galaxy legend was at his former home stadium for a private unveiling of his effigy, unaware the "Late Late Show" host had switched the artwork out for a far, far less complimentary one.
Corden said the prank, which took place before the genuine statue was unveiled to the public earlier this month, took three months to prepare. "I mean, look at my chin?"
Beckham saw the funny side after Corden revealed the prank
"Look at how long my arms are", Beckham says of the fake statue that didn't capture his likeness. There is no way that can go in front of the stadium.
"I honestly look like Stretch Armstrong", he said, also reserving criticism for the pointy chin, dodgy eyes and not-very-bootylicious bum. The only thing that's good is the hair.
Switching the real statue for one that looked nothing like the footballer, hidden cameras filmed the 43-year-old's reaction to the ugly sculpture. The ex-player still wasn't happy but at least remarked to the guilty party, "You've probably done me a favour there".
It's not until Corden comes running out to inquire into the crash that Beckham finally realizes he's been had, breaking into a defeated smile and hugging the bestie who bested him.