Soccer superstar David Beckham has had a tattoo of a MICHELANGELO angel drawn on his upper right arm.

The Real Madrid ace - who chose the image because it symbolises a protective cradle for his family - spent two hours at a top tattooist in Rome, Italy.

And singer wife Victoria Beckham is delighted with the result of David's eighth tattoo.

An insider says, "Some people may be surprised to know David has even heard of Michelangelo, but secretly he knows a bit about art.

"He spent ages choosing his latest tattoo and fell in love with the angel sculpture after flicking through art history books.

"Both David and Victoria are delighted with the finished product."

  05/01/2004 17:38