Corden couldn't contain his laughter as he watched the former England captain's reaction from behind the scenes, before eventually revealing the prank, much to Beckham's relief.
David Beckham reacts to a joke statue, created by friend and talk show host James Corden.
The football icon was lost for words when he first saw his unflattering statue's face, telling people around him that he looks like "Stretch Armstrong".
Actors were employed to pose as fans and deliberately annoy Beckham - one asked him about his "Man City" days - while the fake statue played to the 43-year-old's apparent concerns from earlier in the design process over an oversized chin and big backside.More news: Roma sack Eusebio Di Francesco after Champions League exit
"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.
"It doesn't really look nothing like me though, look at my eyes". The only thing that is good is the hair, look at my arse. "There is no way it can go at the front of the stadium", David explained before attempting to leave the studio. My parents are coming over from London, my wife.
The sketch was filmed just before a real statue in Beckham's honour was revealed outside the Dignity Health Sports Park in California, the home of Beckham's former U.S. football team. I really don't see how this can go out.
Finally ending the prank, the star giggled when comedian James Corden walked on set and a looking relieved Beckham said: "Thank God for that!"