David Beckham's transformation from national villain to national hero in the space of four eventful years seemed to be capped with his match-winning penalty for England against Argentina in Sapporo.
And now British waxwork museum Madame Tussaud's has erected a waxwork dummy of the England skipper on the spare plinth in London's Trafalgar Square.
The winner of this week's competition is Lee Currier from Canada who came up with:
Beckham: That's the problem with the French, off their own soil they're armless.
Another caption competition will appear here soon.
Here are some of the entries that just missed out.
Tussaud's were particularly proud of their Beckham model. Perfect in every detail, they even matched the original's IQ.
Now, if I bend this round the lion and straight through Lancaster Gate.
Matt Martin, Saudi Arabia
Two fine Englishmen with heads made of cement!!
Beckham: "You mark the R's: Rivaldo, Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Richardinho, Roberto Carlos, Roque Junior and Rogerioceni, and I'll mark the J's and K's: Junior, Juninho, Kaka and Kleberson."
Englishmen in Chicago, USA
Even Beckham wasn't immune to the plague of handbag snatching in London.
Beckham looks forlornly for his mates who told him to meet at The Admiral Nelson after the match.
I've been asked to do columns before, but this is ridiculous.
'Never had my hair highlighted this way before.'
That pigeon had better not come any closer. I left the hair dryer in the hotel room.
John Holmes, England
Beckham in Japan longer than expected...turns into Godzilla.
Keith Lockey, England
Nelson: "Score a couple of goals and break your foot and you're a blinkin' hero...in my day..."
Dave J, England
"Oh! It was all a dream, I'm back in Blighty!"
Shock as Victoria Beckham wears grey frilly skirt...
Nelson: "Kiss me Hardy"
Beckham: "Nah....kiss yer own Hardy"
Eriksson introduces motionless stone statues into a training session to prepare his players for the defensive might of Denmark.
Joe Simkins, England
"I'll do it, but I want more than cardboard boxes to catch me."
Tony Crammond, England
Nelson was good - but not a patch on Beckham!
No one seriously believed Beckham would accept Noel Edmond's challenge to stand still longer than Admiral Nelson but........
Nelson are you sure Japan's that way.
"Victoria, lover! Look what I've bought for you this week!"
Phil Broeders, UK
David: "And I thought David Blain was the first to try that!"
Beckham enlists Nelson's help in his search for the ball from Chris Waddle's 1990 penalty...
Isaac Hill, England
Hang about, I can see FOUR lions!
The things I do for a new hair colour.....here pidgey...coo coo...
Nelson "I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous"
Beckham "Doesn't he play for Turkey?"
No left eye, no left arm, no left foot.
Hey Becks, I can see your house from up here.
Admiral Beckham - navigating England through the storm of the World Cup towards victory!
Andrew Kidd, Australia
Beckham: Listen Mr Nelson, I play with Barthez, and with a patch and one arm you may still make France's number one goalkeeper.
Lee Currier, Canada
Beckham thinks: Cor, Mr Mandela's gonna be furious when I tell 'im 'is statue looks nuffink like 'im!
"That's the third time that pigeon has circled around me, I'll bet he's up to no good!"
Andy Cintron, New York, USA
I always though David was a giant in football but I didn't think he could shadow Nelsons column.
Catherine O'Brien, England
You're right, Nelson, those Scots don't look happy at all.
Steve B, Scotland
Brooklyn sports new hat to continue Beckham style assault.
mike bester, UK
If he misses a goal, we've trained all the pigeons to dive-bomb him
I reckon they should have put Beckham on top of that column, instead of Sven.
Rob Falconer, Wales
Maybe we've sent the wrong one to Japan!
The marking was pretty slack in the Historic v Contemporary British Heroes match.
Beckham responds to jibes about his heading ability by learning to hang in mid-air for an eternity....
Rhys Jaggar, England
Hey mate, that big house at the end of the road reminds me of Beckingham Palace.
"Blimey, when you said 'England expects' I thought you meant Victoria again!"
Mal Walker, Australia
Brazilian pigeons invade Trafalgar Square.
The eternal optimist,
"But Victoria, you wax YOUR legs so why can't I?
'Must have been difficult taking throw-ins against the French with only one arm, mate!'
"Good, now again, but 'poco piu allegro' this time."
David's game of hide-and-seek with Brooklyn reached new heights...
Rhys Jaggar, England
Well Nelson, I hate to say this but "my one's bigger than your one".
"So how do you beat the Spanish Mr Nelson?"
I can see my, y'know, house from 'ere.
Next he'll be settling the Kashmir incident with Ronaldo.
Oliver Woods, England
Nelson: "It looks like the pigeons have already got to your head, Becks!"
Tony Martin, UK
Madame Tussaud's got every tiny detail correct except that the wax copy is more intelligent than the real Beckham!
Darren Hart, Australia
'He was the captain of the fleet and I am the captain with the feet'
'Trickster admits to swapping 'wax' Beckham with the real Beckham, the question is now: where are the rest of the real England squad.
Stephen G, Tyne & Wear
Nelson: "Top corner son!"
London's new bird scarer seemed to be keeping the pigeons away.
Jill , UK
Beckham hardens to public exposure.
A few more column inches for Beckham.
Hoo Doo Witch,
Beckham's stature really had grown since the free kick against Greece...
Nick Hawke, England
Different century mate, but the same result!
According to that dumb blonde bird on Big Brother I should be able to see Cambridge quite easily from up here.
Simon Hepburn, UK
Beckham's search for the ball from Waddle's 1990 penalty continued.
'Victoria, when I said put me on a pedestal, this is not what I meant !'
Linda Morrison, UK
Just as I thought, Beckham's head is even bigger than Nelson's.
Aidan, USA (Ireland)
Another Admirable performance by the English Captain.
We all know that Beckham stands head and shoulders above the rest, but this is ridiculous.
"Victoria, there is no way we are having that in our front garden".
Oh no, it's those bleeding pigeons again.
Two more statuesque performances from David Beckham and Rio Ferdinand. Ferdinand particularly - a pillar of strength in defence.
John Langford, England
Oi, Horatio! I'll swap you right arm for a left toe!
Luke Sturgess, UK
Delight for London's birds as they home in on new target in City's Landscape!
"You're right Nelson, I can't see any ships either!"
With one eye and an arm in a sling, we could still beat the French.