Yeah, that’s him in the picture. One arm raised, probably, acknowledging his goal feat or rather, his contribution towards a goal scored by a team-mate upon receiving a pin-point pass from him.

David Beckham, 32 (born 2/05/75), full name D. Robert Joseph B., played 9 games for the England U-21 team and scored none. For the senior team, DB made 95 appearances (that means he played lah) and scored 17 goals. With Man U, he menunjukkan diri 265 times and scored 62 while with Real Madrid, it was 114-13. By July ’07, he’ll be heading for the ‘Yoo-Ass-Hay’ to fulfil a US$250 million 5 year contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy which works out to about US$96 per minute. Not bad for a footballer who still speaks with a wimpish lilt.

DB was conferred the honourary OBE i.e. Order of the British Empire and made Officer of the OBE in 2003. Ooops, let me digress a little so that all this makes sense. In terms of awards or orders of chilvary, there are the following categories:

MBE – Member

OBE – Officer

CBE – Commander

KBE/DBE – Knight/Dame Commander

GBE – Knight/Dame Grand Cross

Note: Only the bottom two carry the title ‘Sir’ or ‘Dame’.

So there’s a story going round in the land where ‘the Sun never sets in the Empire’ that DB will be knighted which means he has to be upgraded to the higher category. Whether DB deserves such recognition is debatable and it’s not confined to whether you’re a die-hard Man U, Chelsea or Real Madrid fan. Or whether you’re a football fan, for that matter. Seriously though, do you think he should get it? And if he does, his wife will be called ‘Dame Posh’.

Please do not equate the above-mentioned titles to the stable of O.B.E. acronyms like Old Blue Eyes, Order Of the Bloggers Empire (yessiree, we have one too), One Blogger’s Expression, Other Bugger’s Effort, Old But Efficient, Oh Be Er, Order of Bold and Elegance, Out of Body Experience, Old Blood-shot Eye, Original Blogger of Evil and of course, One Ball Extra. Some of the loyal readers here who have contributed and myself will be highly insulted with such an association. O.B.E. honourary titles such as ‘Datoook’ or ‘Dateeen’ (pronounced in similar fashion for dramatic effect ) require very strict conditions and prerequisites as laid down by none other than “The Malay Male“, the person with the best sounding titles there is in Malaysia.

Alrighty, Nuff Said.