New Zealand PM busted for bagging Beckham
Stinging assessment ... British soccer star David Beckham. Photo: Reuters
UK tabloids are having a field day with New Zealand Prime Minister John Key's lowly opinion of English football star David Beckham's intellect.
While visiting St Hilda's Collegiate in Dunedin on Friday, Mr Key told students that Beckham was a nice guy but "thick as batshit", Radio New Zealand reported.
Beckham had spent 45 minutes with Mr Key's son Max during a trip to New Zealand in 2008.
The Daily Mirror and The Sun have picked up the comment, with the Mirror quoting a source close to Beckham as saying the insult was pathetic.
"For someone supposedly thick, David has done pretty well to have become one of the world's most successful footballers and to be part of the bid to bring the Olympics to London," the source said.
"That doesn't sound like someone thick to me."
The Sun called the unguarded comment "stinging" and "cruel".
Mr Key's office declined to comment.