David Beckham singing to One Direction is the best video you'll see all week

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One Direction have a fan in David Beckham, and it seems the retired football star likes to sing along to the band's pop songs while driving in his car. The suave 40-year-old was caught mouthing along to Steal My Girl in a video that was presented to the group as a tribute.

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The clip was followed by a heartfelt message from David, who was bidding a temporary farewell to Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne and Niall Horan before the band take a break.

"Boys, what can I say? Five years and you've given so much to so many people," said David. "Unbelievably talented but more importantly unbelievable guys. Congratulations – five years of incredible moments. You need to come back soon or you're gonna have more videos like that."

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David Beckham was among the celebrities who took part in the One Direction tribute video

David was joining a whole host of celebrities in the tribute video that was played on The X Factor final on Sunday night, when One Direction were giving their final performance for a while. The four-piece band haven't said how long they'll take a break for, but it will most likely last longer than a year.

Simon Cowell, who propelled One Direction to fame when they first started on The X Factor, had the video made and called on his famous friends to give messages of support and congratulations to the boys.

David was no doubt the biggest surprise – and gained the most whoops and cheers from the audience – but so was Little Mix, who also started out on the ITV show.

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"You need to come back soon or you're gonna have more videos like that," joked David Beckham

"1D have smashed it for many years and we will always be big fans of you guys," said Perrie Edwards, who used to be engaged to One Direction's ex member Zayn Malik.

"My boys, please don't be away too long because we're going to miss you and we love you," said James Corden.

"Come back fitter and faster and stronger than ever," said Robbie Williams. "Love you."

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Little Mix said they will "always be big fans" of the four-piece band

Jack Whitehall, Danny DeVito and Wayne Rooney were among the star-studded cast, and the video ended with Simon giving a sweet message to the boys.

"It's been a privilege, it's been fun, enjoy the break and I'll always be here," he said.

One Direction performed two live hits on the night but weren't expecting the tribute video from Simon. "Well this takes me back five years ago when I met five guys singing as solo artists, and then I never could have predicted what happened next," the music mogul said before introducing the clip.

"It's been a privilege," said Simon Cowell, who called on his famous friends to feature in the video

"I know you're going to take a break – you deserve the break and I really just want to take the chance now to say thank you. You have been an absolute pleasure to work with. Four, five, of the nicest guys I have ever met. Enjoy the time off, have a fantastic time and there are a few other people who have a few words to say to you."