The soccer stud is the first-ever male to grace the cover of ELLE U.K. solo

By Alison Schwartz
Updated May 29, 2012 11:00 AM
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He’s received his fair share of accolades for his moves on the soccer field, but David Beckham is holding a new record: He’s the first-ever solo male cover model for ELLE U.K..

In honor of the upcoming 2012 Olympic Games in London, the Los Angeles Galaxy star, 37, takes his shirt off (and takes a dip in a pool) for the July issue. On display: his passion for tattoos – and those enviable abs.

“How would I sum myself up? I don’t know. I prefer other people to do that,” he tells the magazine. “Erm a little bit shy. I don’t know what to say.”

But Beckham was more open about the women in his life: wife Victoria, 38, and daughter Harper, who will turn 1 in July. (The couple also have three sons: Brooklyn, 13, Romeo, 9, and Cruz, 7.)

“It’s great. I love to bite her legs, or shoulders,” he says of his daughter. “She’s so beautiful. There’s no more love for a daughter than there is a son, but it’s just different.”