David Beckham had the honour of meeting legendary physicist Stephen Hawking on Monday night – and showing his good sense of humour, the scientist was quick to crack a joke after they were introduced. David seemed so amused by what the 73-year-old had said to him that he shared a photo of it online.
"I'm always being compared to you as a British icon and sometimes you rate higher and sometimes I do," the message from Professor Hawking read.
David posted the snap of their meeting on Facebook and Instagram, which showed the retired footballer grinning as he read the words on the screen.
David Beckham said it was an "absolute honour" to meet Stephen Hawking
In his caption he said it was an "absolute honour" to meet the Cambridge-educated physicist and that their exchange was "truly amazing".
The former Manchester United player was accompanied to the event by his wife Victoria, who was also introduced to Professor Hawking. The fashion designer shared a similar photo on her Instagram page, of herself standing behind David and affectionately placing a hand on her husband's shoulder.
"Thank you @Google for an inspiring evening, was an honour to meet Stephen Hawking x vb," wrote the former Spice Girl.
David Beckham was accompanied by his wife Victoria to the Google party
The power couple have recently come back from celebrating David's 40th birthday in Marrakech, Morocco. Victoria had organised for a lavish bash to be held at the six-star Amanjena resort and invited David's famous friends to the event.
Gordon Ramsay, Dave Gardner and his partner Liv Tyler, Eva Longoria, and Victoria's former bandmates Emma Bunton, Geri Halliwell and Mel C were all in attendance.
David and Victoria also had their four children, Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz and little Harper, on hand to help them celebrate.
The Beckhams have just returned from celebrating David's 40th birthday in Morocco
"What a special and amazing night to be with the people I love," the birthday boy wrote alongside a photo on Instagram.
His other social media snaps showed David – who amassed more than 700,000 followers only hours after joining Instagram on his birthday – being spoilt with dozens of presents and partying with his parents and friends.