Justin Timberlake's Beckham praise

Justin Timberlake has praised David Beckham for "singlehandedly" increasing the popularity of soccer in the U.S.

The singer - who hosted the ESPY Awards, a sporting event, in Los Angeles last night - repeatedly pointed to David and his wife Victoria, who were sitting in the front row of the Nokia Theatre, and thanked the sportsman for deciding to play for the Los Angeles Galaxy.

He told David: "Dude, I got to give you props.  Singlehandedly you made soccer in America this much more popular.  I call it soccer because in America we already have a game dudes play called football."

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