The retired sports star was handed the coveted honor by People magazine last week, but has claimed Stiller's on-screen alter-ego Derek Zoolander is trying to knock him off his perch.

Beckham, 40, took to his Instagram account to post a picture of Ben on the front of the magazine and captioned it, “I'm barely a week into my reign and already this man is trying to steal my thunder AGAIN @peoplemag #sexiestmanalive #bluesteel."

The Brit's quip came shortly after Stiller sent him a picture of the humorous cover, with the caption, "Hey @DavidBeckham remember when you were so mad about this?? Lol #ThrowbackMonday."

David Beckham with wife Victoria Beckham at the British Fashion Awards

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