Sharing tips: Frederic Kanoute of Beijing Guo'an chats with David Beckham
An honour: David Beckham presents a jersey to Bejing Guoan General Manager Gao Chao
And he gets one back! Frederic presents a Beijing Guo'an jersey to David Beckham at Workers Stadium
And David Beckham certainly received a hero's welcome as he toucheddown at Beijing Capital International Airport on Wednesday morning.
Beaming from ear-to-ear as he emerged from the terminal after a long-haul flight, the 37-year-old footballer waved to the huge crowd of assembled fans as he was presented with a beautiful bouquet of flowers.
Hero's welcome: David Beckham was greeted like a superstar in Beijing on Wednesday morning
What a welcome! The 37-year-old footballer was presented with a huge bouquet of flowers as he touched down at Beijing Capital International Airport on Wednesday morning
In awe: The star was mobbed by fans and photographers alike as he made his way out of the main terminal
On a mission: Beckham has been named as China's first global football ambassador in a bid to revive the image of the crisis-hit game in the country
Thrilled: David was embraced by a group of youngsters wearing colourful outfits
With a jam-packed schedule to stick to, the father-of-four promptly made his way to Shijia Hutong Primary School, where he addressed the media about his involvement with the Chinese Super League.
Beckham wasted no time in making the dreams of a number of the pupils come true, by treating them to an impromptu kick-around as he showcased his fancy footwork for all to see.
Overjoyed: A group of schoolchildren held up images of the superstar footballer as they welcomed China's first global football ambassador
Snacks: Becks tried out various Chinese foods while meeting with students and teachers at No. 2 high school in Beijing
'We love you': David was greeted by an array of adoring banners, images of himself and a group of young cheerleaders as he embarked upon his four-day tour
Beckham's new role as global football ambassador will see him promote the Chinese Super League both around the world and in China, while it is hoped it will restore the image of the beautiful game in the wake of the recent match-fixing scandals.
He said: 'I’m excited by the prospect of promoting the world’s greatest game to Chinese sports fans as I’ve seen first hand the growing interest in football there.
Bend it like Beckham: The sportsman was deep in concentration as he prepared to take one of his famous free kicks
He shoots, he scores: The British star showed off his skills to pupils at a middle school in Beijing
Taking him on: The star appeared to be going in for a tackle as a pupil showed off his football skills
Dapper dude: The sportsman oozed star quality in his immaculately tailored grey trousers, white shirt and tie as he took to the pitch
Winners! David high-fived some of the pupils after a successful game of football
Cheeky! David offered a welcome treat for the ladies in the bottom department thanks to his tight-fitting trousers
'This is a significant year in Chinese football history as we usher in 20 years of developing this sport professionally and mark the 10-year milestone of the Chinese Super League – which today reaches 300 million television viewers and 4.49 million spectators annually.'
But speaking in a press conference on Wednesday, the star insisted he is not in China to help 'clear up' the sport.
Straightening things out: Beckham's involvement comes after football in the nation has been hit by controversy in recent months, with 33 players and officials banned from the league in February after a three-year probe into corruption
Quietly confident: Beckham strode confidently into the arena as he prepared to address both a group of schoolchildren and the global media
Round of applause: The sportsman made his way to Shijia Hutong Primary School, where he addressed the media about his involvement with the Chinese Super League
Setting the record straight: Beckham insisted he is not in China to help 'clear up' the sport, and just wants to help educate children about football
Work commitment: Beckham is on a four-day tour of China, where he hopes to promote football
Busy: David will spend two days in Beijing, visiting a number of schools and fans, as well as players at the Beijing Guo’an Football Club, before travelling on to the coastal city of Qingdao and the central city of Wuhan
Contemplative: The star seemed a little amused by one of the questions asked of him in the press conference
'I'm not a politician so anything that has gone on in the past has nothing to do with me.'
Beckham's involvement comes after football in the nation has been hit by controversy in recent months, with 33 players and officials banned from the league in February following a three-year probe into corruption.
Special ambassador: David posed alongside a number of officials and schoolchildren as he appeared in front of the media in a press conference
Emotional: David grinned from ear-to-ear as he embraced one visibly delighted youngster
Star quality: Beckham shook hands with thrilled pupils as he arrived at Shijia Hutong Primary School
A dream come true: The sports hero was then led inside the main school building by one lucky youngster, who looked proud as punch to be in such close proximity to the superstar
David will spend two days in Beijing, visiting a number of schools and fans, as well as players at the Workers Stadium, home to Beijing Guo’an Football Club.
The sporting superstar will then travel south to the coastal city of Qingdao and end his trip in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.
Dashing: Even with his tie tucked into his shirt, David looked as handsome as ever as he took to the football pitch
Fancy footwork: The footballer thrilled onlookers by demonstrating some of his skills on the pitch
Bend it like Beckham! The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder treated the schoolchildren to an impromptu kickaround
'2013 marks the 20th anniversary of professional football in China and the special ambassadorship of David Beckham will attract global attention to Chinese football and the CSL,' a spokesman for the CFA said.
'While in China, he will attend the CSL and visit clubs to get a deeper insight into football in China. He will also help us to inspire and motivate many children to participate in this beautiful game.'
A new skill: David looked thrilled as he was taught how to write out his name in Chinese characters by some of the pupils
Mastering the skill: David finished off the piece by adding his name to the script