Sometimes David Beckham was photographed playing football, sometimes he was photographed posing in a posh suit.

And occasionally he was photographed doing both. That was the case in his recent visit to China, where a smartly-dressed Becks underlined his massive popularity in the Far East, showcased the art of free kick-taking, and joined in a game.

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The five-day ambassadorial trip to China in March has turned out to be his last as a professional footballer, but there will be plenty more photocalls like this, rest assured.

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  • David Beckham Visits Beijing Guo'an Football Club

    BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 21: (CHINA OUT) Frederic Kanoute (L) of Beijing Guo'an presents a jersey to David Beckham at Workers Stadium on March 21, 2013 in Beijing, China. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)

  • David Beckham Visits Beijing Guo'an Football Club

    BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 21: (CHINA OUT) David Beckham visits Beijing Guo'an Football Club at Workers Stadium on March 21, 2013 in Beijing, China. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)

  • David Beckham Visits Beijing Guo'an Football Club

    BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 21: (CHINA OUT) David Beckham visits Beijing Guo'an Football Club at Workers Stadium on March 21, 2013 in Beijing, China. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)

  • David Beckham Visits Beijing Guo'an Football Club

    BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 21: (CHINA OUT) Frederic Kanoute (L) of Beijing Guo'an presents a jersey to David Beckham at Workers Stadium on March 21, 2013 in Beijing, China. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)

  • David Beckham Visits Beijing Guo'an Football Club

    BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 21: (CHINA OUT) David Beckham kicks a ball during a visit to Beijing Guo'an Football Club at Workers Stadium on March 21, 2013 in Beijing, China. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)

  • David Beckham Visits Beijing Guo'an Football Club

    BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 21: (CHINA OUT) David Beckham visits Beijing Guo'an Football Club at Workers Stadium on March 21, 2013 in Beijing, China. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)

  • David Beckham Visits Beijing Guo'an Football Club

    BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 21: (CHINA OUT) David Beckham visits Beijing Guo'an Football Club at Workers Stadium on March 21, 2013 in Beijing, China. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)

  • David Beckham Visits Beijing Guo'an Football Club

    BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 21: (CHINA OUT) David Beckham visits Beijing Guo'an Football Club at Workers Stadium on March 21, 2013 in Beijing, China. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)

  • David Beckham Visits Beijing Guo'an Football Club

    BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 21: (CHINA OUT) David Beckham and Frederic Kanoute (L) of Beijing Guo'an visit Beijing Guo'an Football Club at Workers Stadium on March 21, 2013 in Beijing, China. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)

  • David Beckham Visits Beijing Guo'an Football Club

    BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 21: (CHINA OUT) David Beckham visits Beijing Guo'an Football Club at Workers Stadium on March 21, 2013 in Beijing, China. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)

  • David Beckham Visits Beijing Guo'an Football Club

    BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 21: Frederic Kanoute (L) of Beijing Guo'an chats with British football player David Beckham during his visit to Beijing Guo'an Football Club at Workers Stadium on March 21, 2013 in Beijing, China. David Beckham is on a five-day visit to China at the invitation of the China Football Association as China's first international ambassador. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

  • David Beckham Visits Beijing Guo'an Football Club

    BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 21: British footballer David Beckham kicks a ball during his visits Beijing Guo'an Football Club at Workers Stadium on March 21, 2013 in Beijing, China. David Beckham is on a five-day visit to China at the invitation of the China Football Association as China's first international ambassador. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

  • David Beckham Visits Beijing Guo'an Football Club

    BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 21: Frederic Kanoute (L) of Beijing Guo'an chats with British football player David Beckham during his visit to Beijing Guo'an Football Club at Workers Stadium on March 21, 2013 in Beijing, China. David Beckham is on a five-day visit to China at the invitation of the China Football Association as China's first international ambassador. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

  • David Beckham Visits Beijing Guo'an Football Club

    BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 21: British football player David Beckham (C) poses for a photo with Beijing Guo'an players during his visits Beijing Guo'an Football Club at Workers Stadium on March 21, 2013 in Beijing, China. David Beckham is on a five-day visit to China at the invitation of the China Football Association as China's first international ambassador. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

  • David Beckham Visits Beijing Guo'an Football Club

    BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 21: Frederic Kanoute (L) of Beijing Guo'an chats with British football player David Beckham during his visit to Beijing Guo'an Football Club at Workers Stadium on March 21, 2013 in Beijing, China. David Beckham is on a five-day visit to China at the invitation of the China Football Association as China's first international ambassador. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

  • David Beckham Visits Beijing Guo'an Football Club

    BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 21: (CHINA OUT) David Beckham visits Beijing Guo'an Football Club at Workers Stadium on March 21, 2013 in Beijing, China. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)

  • David Beckham Visits Beijing Guo'an Football Club

    BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 21: (CHINA OUT) David Beckham kicks a ball during a visit to Beijing Guo'an Football Club at Workers Stadium on March 21, 2013 in Beijing, China. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)

  • David Beckham Visits Beijing Guo'an Football Club

    BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 21: (CHINA OUT) David Beckham shakes hands with players at Beijing Guo'an Football Club at Workers Stadium on March 21, 2013 in Beijing, China. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)

  • David Beckham Visits Beijing Guo'an Football Club

    BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 21: (CHINA OUT) David Beckham presents a jersey to Frederic Kanoute of Beijing Guo'an at Workers Stadium on March 21, 2013 in Beijing, China. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)

  • David Beckham Visits Beijing Guo'an Football Club

    BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 21: (CHINA OUT) Bejing Guoan General Manager Gao Chao presents a gift to David Beckham at Workers Stadium on March 21, 2013 in Beijing, China. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)

  • David Beckham Visits Beijing Guo'an Football Club

    BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 21: British football player David Beckham visits Beijing Guo'an Football Club at Workers Stadium on March 21, 2013 in Beijing, China. David Beckham is on a five-day visit to China at the invitation of the China Football Association as China's first international football ambassador. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

  • David Beckham Visits Beijing Guo'an Football Club

    BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 21: Frederic Kanoute (L) of Beijing Guo'an with British football player David Beckham during his visits Beijing Guo'an Football Club at Workers Stadium on March 21, 2013 in Beijing, China. David Beckham is on a five-day visit to China at the invitation of the China Football Association as China's first international football ambassador. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

  • David Beckham Visits Beijing Guo'an Football Club

    BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 21: British football player David Beckham visits Beijing Guo'an Football Club at Workers Stadium on March 21, 2013 in Beijing, China. David Beckham is on a five-day visit to China at the invitation of the China Football Association as China's first international football ambassador. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

  • David Beckham Visits Beijing Guo'an Football Club

    BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 21: British football player David Beckham (Center) with Beijing Guo'an player pose for a photo during his visits Beijing Guo'an Football Club at Workers Stadium on March 21, 2013 in Beijing, China. David Beckham is on a five-day visit to China at the invitation of the China Football Association as China's first international football ambassador. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

  • David Beckham Visits Beijing Guo'an Football Club

    BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 21: British football player David Beckham (Center)visits Beijing Guo'an Football Club at Workers Stadium on March 21, 2013 in Beijing, China. David Beckham is on a five-day visit to China at the invitation of the China Football Association as China's first international football ambassador. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

  • David Beckham Visits Beijing Guo'an Football Club

    BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 21: British football player David Beckham (R) visits Beijing Guo'an Football Club at Workers Stadium on March 21, 2013 in Beijing, China. David Beckham is on a five-day visit to China at the invitation of the China Football Association as China's first international football ambassador. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

  • CHINA-SPORT-BECKHAM

    Football superstar David Beckham (C) plays football with students during a visit to a middle school in Beijing on March 20, 2013. Beckham flew to Beijing on March 20 to take up a role as ambassador for the Chinese Super League, with domestic media saying he will visit three cities on a five day trip. AFP PHOTO /WANG ZHAO (Photo credit should read WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)

  • CHINA-SPORT-BECKHAM

    Football superstar David Beckham (C) plays football with students during a visit to a middle school in Beijing on March 20, 2013. Beckham flew to Beijing on March 20 to take up a role as ambassador for the Chinese Super League, with domestic media saying he will visit three cities on a five day trip. AFP PHOTO /WANG ZHAO (Photo credit should read WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)

  • CHINA-SPORT-BECKHAM

    Football superstar David Beckham shows his skill as he plays football with students during a visit to a middle school in Beijing on March 20, 2013. Beckham flew to Beijing on March 20 to take up a role as ambassador for the Chinese Super League, with domestic media saying he will visit three cities on a five day trip. AFP PHOTO /WANG ZHAO (Photo credit should read WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)

  • David Beckham Attends Grassroots And Junior Football Promotion In The School

    BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 20: (CHINA OUT) David Beckham attends a grassroots and junior football promotional with students at No.2 High school on March 20, 2013 in Beijing, China. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)

  • David Beckham Attends Grassroots And Junior Football Promotion In The School

    BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 20: (CHINA OUT) David Beckham attends a grassroots and junior football promotional with students at No.2 High school on March 20, 2013 in Beijing, China. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)

  • David Beckham Attends Grassroots And Junior Football Promotion In The School

    BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 20: (CHINA OUT) David Beckham attends a grassroots and junior football promotional with students at No.2 High school on March 20, 2013 in Beijing, China. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)

  • David Beckham Attends Grassroots And Junior Football Promotion In The School

    BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 20: (CHINA OUT) David Beckham attends a grassroots and junior football promotional with students at No.2 High school on March 20, 2013 in Beijing, China. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)

  • David Beckham Attends Grassroots And Junior Football Promotion In The School

    BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 20: (CHINA OUT) David Beckham attends a grassroots and junior football promotional with students at No.2 High school on March 20, 2013 in Beijing, China. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)

  • David Beckham Attends Grassroots And Junior Football Promotion In The School

    BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 20: (CHINA OUT) David Beckham attends a grassroots and junior football promotional with students at No.2 High school on March 20, 2013 in Beijing, China. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)

  • David Beckham Attends Grassroots And Junior Football Promotion In The School

    BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 20: (CHINA OUT) David Beckham attends a grassroots and junior football promotional with students at No.2 High school on March 20, 2013 in Beijing, China. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)

  • David Beckham Attends Grassroots And Junior Football Promotion In The School

    BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 20: (CHINA OUT) David Beckham attends a grassroots and junior football promotional with students at No.2 High school on March 20, 2013 in Beijing, China. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)

  • David Beckham Attends Grassroots And Junior Football Promotion In The School

    BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 20: (CHINA OUT) David Beckham attends a grassroots and junior football promotional with students at No.2 High school on March 20, 2013 in Beijing, China. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)

  • David Beckham Attends Grassroots And Junior Football Promotion In The School

    BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 20: (CHINA OUT) David Beckham attends a grassroots and junior football promotional with students at No.2 High school on March 20, 2013 in Beijing, China. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)

  • David Beckham Attends Grassroots And Junior Football Promotion In The School

    BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 20: (CHINA OUT) David Beckham attends a grassroots and junior football promotional with students at No.2 High school on March 20, 2013 in Beijing, China. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)

  • David Beckham Attends Grassroots And Junior Football Promotion In The School

    BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 20: (CHINA OUT) David Beckham attends a grassroots and junior football promotional with students at No.2 High school on March 20, 2013 in Beijing, China. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)

  • David Beckham Attends Grassroots And Junior Football Promotion In The School

    BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 20: British football player David Beckham (R) plays football with students during his visit to a middle school in Beijing on March 20, 2013 in Beijing, China. David Beckham is on a five-day visit to China at the invitation of the China Football Association as China's first international ambassador. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

  • David Beckham Attends Grassroots And Junior Football Promotion In The School

    BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 20: British football player David Beckham plays football with students during his visit to a middle school in Beijing on March 20, 2013 in Beijing, China. David Beckham is on a five-day visit to China at the invitation of the China Football Association as China's first international ambassador. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

  • David Beckham Attends Grassroots And Junior Football Promotion In The School

    BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 20: British football player David Beckham plays football with students during his visit to a middle school in Beijing on March 20, 2013 in Beijing, China. David Beckham is on a five-day visit to China at the invitation of the China Football Association as China's first international ambassador. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

  • David Beckham Meets The Media

    BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 20: British football player David Beckham attends a press conference titled 'Ambassador for the Youth Football Programme in China and the Chinese Super League' at Shijia Hutong Primary School on March 20, 2013 in Beijing, China. David Beckham is on a five-day visit to China at the invitation of the China Football Association as China's first international ambassador. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

  • David Beckham Attends Grassroots And Junior Football Promotion In The School

    BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 20: British football player David Beckham speak during his visit to a middle school in Beijing on March 20, 2013 in Beijing, China. David Beckham is on a five-day visit to China at the invitation of the China Football Association as China's first international ambassador. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

  • David Beckham Attends Grassroots And Junior Football Promotion In The School

    BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 20: British football player David Beckham (R) plays football with students during his visit to a middle school in Beijing on March 20, 2013 in Beijing, China. David Beckham is on a five-day visit to China at the invitation of the China Football Association as China's first international ambassador. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

  • David Beckham Attends Grassroots And Junior Football Promotion In The School

    BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 20: British football player David Beckham (R) plays football with students during his visit to a middle school in Beijing on March 20, 2013 in Beijing, China. David Beckham is on a five-day visit to China at the invitation of the China Football Association as China's first international ambassador. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

  • David Beckham Attends Grassroots And Junior Football Promotion In The School

    BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 20: Fans look on standing behind barbed wire during the British football player David Beckham visit to a middle school in Beijing on March 20, 2013 in Beijing, China. David Beckham is on a five-day visit to China at the invitation of the China Football Association as China's first international ambassador. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

  • David Beckham Attends Grassroots And Junior Football Promotion In The School

    BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 20: (CHINA OUT) David Beckham visits Shijia Hutong Primary School on March 20, 2013 in Beijing, China. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)

  • David Beckham Attends Grassroots And Junior Football Promotion In The School

    BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 20: (CHINA OUT) David Beckham visits Shijia Hutong Primary School on March 20, 2013 in Beijing, China. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)