British footballing star David Beckham could soon be knighted after the 38-year-old was nominated for the country’s New Year’s Honors List, local media reported on Sunday.
The Sun reported that officials are currently carrying out “standard checks” before the former England skipper could be officially confirmed to receive the royal accolade.
“HM Revenue and Customs look at the higher honors – specifically at the high earners like sports people – to see if there is anything they want to double check,” a source told the newspaper.
Among the checks, Beckham’s £165 million ($264 million) fortune is expected to be under the spotlight and the final approval is expected to be given later this month, the Daily Mail reported.
In 2003, Beckham was awarded an OBE for his services to football.
If he receives the Knighthoood, which would reflect his contribution to football over the last 20 years, as well his various ambassadorial commitments, Beckham’s fashion designer wife will be “Lady Victoria.”