James Corden pulls the ultimate prank on David Beckham

James Corden pulls the ultimate prank on David Beckham

The former LA Galaxy star showed up to his old team's Dignity Health Sports Park stadium earlier this month for the unveiling of a new statue in his honor.

"It's slightly different than it was when I saw it in Chicago", Beckham said disapprovingly upon seeing the statue, though he tried in vain to remain polite. "I honestly look like Stretch Armstrong!"

There's just one thing, Becks' pal James Corden swapped out the statue prior to David's visit, replacing it with a horrendous stand-in.

The host of "The Late Late Show with James Corden" unveiled the stunt on his show Monday night.

The real statue is a classy tribute Beckham in an unmistakable pose, as if about to strike a trademark free-kick, commemorating his achievements as a two-time MLS Cup victor and his history-defining presence in Major League Soccer. "There's no way that can go at the front of the stadium, it's embarrassing".

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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. I really don't see how this can go out.

And soon after Beckham admitted "you've probably done me a favour there", the ecstatic Corden burst out to end his mate's misery.

Corden could be seen off-set cracking up at Beckham's priceless reaction, one that transformed into relief when a forklift appeared, "accidentally" tipping over the statue, breaking it.

Then Corden comes out and reveals he's behind the entire stunt.

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