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(Instagram) Footballers past and present wish Manchester United legend David Beckham a happy birthday

It is former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder David Beckham’s 40th birthday today, and current stars of the game such as Gareth Bale and Neymar have joined in the celebrations by posting pictures of themselves alongside the great man.

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The English football icon has already decided to mark the occasion by joining Instagram and posted his first message in the early hours thanking fans for the birthday wishes.

It wasn’t too long after the post that several current footballers took time out of their busy schedule to wish the former England captain a happy birthday. From Barcelona striker Neymar to Arsenal’s on-loan German world cup winner Lukas Podolski, take a look at the messages below: 

happy birthday my friend … good vibes God bless! #DavidBeckham #DB40 A photo posted by Nj (@neymarjr) on

Welcome to Instagram and Happy Birthday to Mr @davidbeckham Have a great day top man!!!! #40 A photo posted by Fernando Torres (@fernandotorres) on

Happy 40th Birthday to my former teammate @davidbeckham ???? #EnglandTimes #DavidBeckham

A photo posted by Andrew Cole (@andycole09) on

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