"Just look at the number of metrosexuals who have emerged since Beckham.
"It's now OK for players to have silly, floppy hair and dress in the way they do. He did that."
Players now try to trend it like Beckham more often than they try to bend it like Beckham.
From wearing his wife's underwear to parading around in a sarong, the former Manchester United, Real Madrid, LA Galaxy, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain man has never been one to shy away from experimentation.
While former Spice Girl Victoria has gone on to establish herself as a leading fashion designer, it is Beckham who brought men into the 21st century with his eye for the latest trends.
From his outrageous hair styles to his love of grooming and moisturizing, Beckham relaunched the notion of the metroxsexual along with his very own brand of cologne.
Whether it was by provocatively modelng in his Armani underwear or being paraded in front of the press in another exquisitely tailored suit, Beckham set the bar high when it came to looking sharp.
"Beckham was the antithesis to the godawful lad culture of the late Nineties," GQ.co.uk fashion editor Nick Carvell told CNN.
"Being a footballer who was clearly motivated by fashion trends and absolutely loved clothes, he turned the idea of what it meant to be a stylish sportsman at the time on its head.
"Sure he made some mistakes along the way (cornrows), but that's what made him a trendsetter -- he always led and never followed.
"He was certainly one of the first celebrities to de-stigmatize grooming pursuits that were previously seen as girls-only (his early penchant for highlights comes to mind).
"Lots of people would say that it helps he has an athlete's body, but there are plenty of sportsman who dress appallingly.
"I think it's his willingness to try new things combined with a clear appreciation for a good tailor.
"He might have worn the occasional eye-raising get-up when he was younger, but it always fitted perfectly."
That infamous sarong, which he was pictured wearing in 1998, was certainly one "eye-raising item" but as Newkey-Burden explains, Beckham had no regrets.
"When I interviewed him in 2006, I asked Beckham if he regretted wearing that 'dress'. He said: 'No, that's one of the things I'd do again!'"