In soccer-mad Greece, David Beckham is seen as a god — and he was mistakenly made a knight Thursday, as he helped a British delegation take control of the Olympic flame in Athens ahead of the London Games.
The LA Galaxy star received the biggest cheer of the night when he was mistakenly introduced to the crowd at the Panathenaic Stadium as "Sir David Beckham," a title that has not yet been bestowed upon the 37-year-old, The (London) Times reported.
Beckham joined a British delegation headed by Princess Anne, Queen Elizabeth II’s daughter, who is a former Olympian and current British Olympic Association president. Others in the group were London 2012 chairman Sebastian Coe, Olympics Minister Hugh Robertson and London Mayor Boris Johnson.
The torch relay starts Saturday at Land’s End, the southwest tip of England, beginning an 8,000-mile (12,875km) journey around Britain, with a detour to also visit the Irish capital Dublin.
It will culminate in the flame being brought to the Olympic Stadium for the opening of the Games on July 27.