David Beckham launches Instagram account with topless shot on 40th birthday

David Beckham has joined Instagram to coincide with turning 40. Proving that in spite of his milestone birthday he's as up with technology as ever, the former England footballer set up a personal account on the photosharing website and quickly gained over 892,000 followers.

"Good morning and hello!" David captioned his first post. "It’s great to finally be on Instagram, been a long time coming but I can't wait to start sharing all my special moments with you. Thank you for all your birthday messages so far. Looking forward to a great day with friends and family x."

David was also swift to follow Instagram accounts close to his heart. The birthday boy was of course sure to subscribe to updates from his wife Victoria Beckham first, as well as his son Brooklyn.

In a nod to his stellar football career, David followed five of the clubs he played for Manchester United, Real Madrid, LA Galaxy, AC Milan and Paris Saint Germain.

The Leytonstone-born sportsman also followed his close friends and former Real Madrid teammates Zinedine Zidane and
Ronaldo as well as American basketball favourite LeBron James.

As a UNICEF goodwill ambassador, David also followed the global children's welfare organisation.

So excited to be celebrating David's birthday x #DB40 x vb 🎂🎉🎁❤️✈️ x vb

A photo posted by Victoria Beckham (@victoriabeckham) on

While David's legions of fans will be eagerly awaiting his online updates, the father-of-four will no doubt be busy will his birthday celebrations in Morocco for the time being.

Victoria shared a photo of the pair cuddling up to one another while waiting to board a private jet destined for the sun-soaked North African country.

"So excited to be celebrating David's birthday x #DB40 x vb," she captioned the photo.

David's friends will reportedly be sharing snaps from the festivities using the hashtag #DB40.

So excited to be spending this special day with David and the kids in Marrakech! Welcome to Instagram @DavidBeckham! x vb #DB40

A photo posted by Victoria Beckham (@victoriabeckham) on

Stars rumoured to be expected to party alongside fashion icon David include Gwyneth Paltrow, Elton John, Guy Ritchie, Eva Longoria, Reese Witherspoon and his best friend Dave Gardner, who may attend with his partner Liv Tyler.

David and Victoria's close friends Gordon and Tana Ramsay were already spotted arriving at Marrakech Menara Airport on Friday afternoon.

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