The FA chairman paid tribute to the former LA Galaxy star and hinted that he would like to see the 37-year-old icon take a role with England's governing body in the future.
The 37-year-old recently called time on his six-year spell with Major League Soccer and the LA Galaxy after helping the club to a second straight MLS Cup with a 3-1 victory over Houston Dynamo in the final. The former England captain, who made 115 appearances for his country, has confirmed his intention to continue playing, with a whole host of clubs reported to be after his signature.
Bernstein was full of praise for the former Real Madrid and Manchester United player’s career, hinting that he would welcome Beckham taking a role with the governing body once his playing career has concluded.
"He is an asset that English football should treasure and I hope at some stage that perhaps The FA and David Beckham can get close together," Bernstein told reporters. "That might be a little bit down the road but he is a fine figure in British football and he has become a unique figure.
"He is probably the most recognizable sports figure in the world I suspect. I’m not mad about the word 'brand', but he’s a real footballing figure, a fine player and sportsman. He’s someone who has projected themselves and done wonderfully well for us in so many ways. So I’d like to congratulate him on what he’s done and look forward to the next stage in his career."