Photographers and Beckham fans were out in force to greet the couple as they arrived in LA on Thursday.

And several people at the airport to pick up passengers became paparazzi themselves, snapping images with their mobile phones.

“It was so awesome, he looks better in person than in the magazines,” said devoted Beckham fan Priscilla Flores, 15. “I’m really excited to see him play his first game here. He’ll make soccer more popular.”

The media swarm also attracted curious onlookers, though not everyone knew what the big deal was. “Who’s David Beckham?” asked Austin Baker, an 11-year-old California boy waiting for a connecting flight.

The former England football captain and Posh held hands as they walked out of a Los Angeles International Airport terminal shortly before 8.20pm local time – around 4.20am UK time – after arriving on a BA flight from London.

The midfielder, who helped Real Madrid win the Spanish title last month, is being unveiled as an LA Galaxy player later on Friday.

Dozens of reporters and photographers pushed and shoved behind barriers set up at the terminal before the duo, surrounded by security guards, left in a black sport utility vehicle without commenting.

And despite the long flight, the pair were ready for the cameras – Victoria wore a sleeveless black dress and sunglasses and gave a quick wave to the paparazzi. Her husband wore a black jacket and jeans.

Their three children accompanied them on the flight, but did not leave the terminal with them.

Victoria Beckham: Coming to America will screen on ITV1 on Tuesday, July 17 at 8pm