David Beckham is finally set to be awarded a knighthood after his finances were given the all clear to end a decade-long wait for the honour, according to a new report.
Beckham, who is second on England’s all-time list of appearance makers with 115 caps, has had to wait patiently while an issue with his finances and the HM Customs and Revenue was cleared up.
The millionaire former footballer was previously ineligible for the award after he found himself embroiled amongst a tax avoidance scheme which resulted in his status being moved into the red category.
Beckham was one of 140 celebrities allegedly caught up in the 2013 Ingenious tax avoidance scheme, which resulted in the company being blacklisted by the Inland revenue.
If an individual is given a “red warning” by the Inland Revenue for irregularities in their finances, they are subsequently barred from all honours recognition.
However, the firm were successful in appealing against HMRC and Beckham’s representatives approached tax officials to settle his case.
And after 10 years of having his finances by the taxman, the 46-year-old has finally had his status upgraded from red to green, meaning he can now be awarded his knighthood, as reported by The Sun.
An unnamed source reportedly said that Beckham had no knowledge of the scheme.
The former England captain is now set to become one of the latest individuals to add ‘Sir’ in front of their name, joining the likes of national hero Captain Sir Tom Moore, who died at the age of 100 in February.
The decision to uplift the red warning was praised by the family of the late Captain Sir Moore, who highlighted the “kindness” Beckham showed towards the war veteran.
“We’re delighted David is finally in line to receive a knighthood — something he thoroughly deserves,” Moore’s daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore, co-founder of the The Captain Tom Foundation, told The Sun.
“We will never forget the kindness and support that David and his family have shown my late father and our family.”
As well as finally being cleared for tax avoidance, a report published by the Sunday Times also suggests David and Victoria Beckham were actually amongst the highest taxpayers in Britain.
They claimed the Inter Miami owner and the former Spice Girl paid £12.7m in tax over the course of a 12-month period.
Mirror Sport has contacted David Beckham’s representatives for comment.